Aiming to bolster job
training while beautifying surrounding communities, the public agency building a
$2.4 billion rail cargo expressway has launched the Alameda Corridor
Transportation Authority Conservation Corps.
The program will recruit, train and employ 200 young adults (ages 18-23) over
the course of one year. Participants will provide valuable services along the
Corridor route, such as removing debris, eradicating graffiti and planting
The program, approved Thursday by the ACTA Governing Board, is a joint effort
involving ACTA, the Conservation Corps of Long Beach and the Los Angeles
Conservation Corps. ACTA will provide $1.2 million in funding while the two
local Corps will administer the program.
"The Conservation Corps has an exceptional track record of providing
training and employment opportunities for young adults," said ACTA
Governing Board Chairman Jeffrey A. Kellogg, a Long Beach City Councilman.
"This program provides an excellent opportunity to augment our Mid-Corridor
contractor’s job training program while providing clear benefits to Corridor
Said ACTA Chief Executive Officer James C. Hankla: "This cooperative
program is clearly a sound concept where everybody wins. We are confident that
it will enhance employment opportunities for young adults while directly
benefiting the communities along the route of the Alameda Corridor. With this
program, we particularly want to target at-risk 18-23 year-olds who often face
difficult challenges entering the job market or continuing their
The Conservation Corps is a private non-profit company that provides youth
with training, education and work experience in a variety of areas, including
recycling, landscaping, sidewalk replacement and conservation programs.
The Alameda Corridor Conservation Corps will recruit from Corridor
communities. Recruits will be paid minimum wage for 32-36 hours per week while
receiving training and education – for example, credits toward a high school
diploma – for 6-10 hours per week.
The program will be divided into four three-month segments with 50
participants in each, for a total of 200 participants over the course of one
After three months, participants have the option to join the Conservation
Corps full-time, phase into a Long Beach or Los Angeles city college program, or
enroll in a business, vocational, trade school or apprenticeship program.
Assistance is provided in tracking jobs and applying for grants and loans.
"This Alameda Corridor Conservation Corps will draw on the strengths of
successful private, non-profit organizations and one of the biggest public works
projects in the nation to help our communities to prosper and our younger
residents to gain important job experience," said Los Angeles City
Councilman Rudy Svorinich Jr., vice chairman of the ACTA Governing Board.
ACTA, a partnership between the cities and ports of Long Beach and Los
Angeles, is building a 20-mile-long railroad cargo expressway from the ports to
the transcontinental rail yards near downtown Los Angeles. The project,
scheduled for completion in 2002, will speed the flow of cargo and reduce
traffic congestion by eliminating conflicts at more than 200 street-level
For additional information:
- Conservation Corps of Long Beach, Executive Director Mike Bassett, (562)
- Los Angeles Conservation Corps, Executive Director Bruce Saito, (213)
362-9000, ext. 203.