ANGELES COUNTY –
The Governing Board of the agency that built the Alameda Corridor freight rail
expressway named a new chairwoman on Thursday.
Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn was elected chairwoman of the Alameda
Corridor Transportation Authority (ACTA) Governing Board by unanimous vote.
Hahn, who served as vice chairwoman for the past year, succeeds Long
Beach City Councilman Frank A. Colonna, who was named vice chairman.
Leadership of the Governing Board traditionally rotates between the
representatives of the Los Angeles and Long Beach city councils each year.
Alameda Corridor provides multiple benefits to my constituents as well as the
rest of the Los Angeles Basin and the nation by improving the flow of cargo,
reducing traffic congestion and cutting air pollution," Hahn said.
"It is a privilege to serve as chairwoman, and I am looking forward
to working with the ACTA staff and the rest of the Governing Board, particularly
on the Pacific Coast Highway Grade Separation, which will provide critical
congestion relief in Wilmington."
in the harbor-area 15th Council District elected Hahn in June 2001.
Prior to her election to the Los Angeles City Council, Hahn had a long
history of civic involvement throughout the district, including as an elected
representative to the city's Charter Reform Commission.
$2.4 billion Alameda Corridor, a 20-mile freight rail expressway linking the
ports to the rail yards near downtown Los Angeles, opened on time and on budget
last April. It speeds the flow of
cargo containers to and from the nation's two busiest ports by eliminating
conflicts at more than 200 at-grade railroad crossings.
Trains that once made the trip on branch lines in 2 hours and 45 minutes
now make the trip in as little as 45 minutes on the Alameda Corridor.
is now developing additional projects to make the Alameda Corridor more
efficient. The largest of these is
the Pacific Coast Highway Grade Separation, which will carry street traffic over
the Alameda Corridor and Alameda Street in the Wilmington community of Los
is a joint powers authority governed by the cities and ports of Los Angeles and
Long Beach and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
Besides Hahn and Colonna, other members of the ACTA Governing Board
include Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe; Port of Los Angeles
Commissioner Thomas H. Warren; Port of Long Beach Commissioner Roy H. Hearrean;
Port of Long Beach Executive Director Richard D. Steinke, and Port of Los
Angeles Executive Director Larry Keller.
PHIL HAMPTON, Alameda Corridor Transportation
Authority, (562) 435-5551