Alameda Corridor Names Colonna Vice Chairman Of Governing Board

Alameda Corridor Names Colonna Vice Chairman of Governing Board

AUGUST 11, 2000

LOS ANGELES COUNTY – Long Beach City Councilman Frank Colonna has been named Vice Chairman of the public agency building the Alameda Corridor rail cargo expressway.

“It’s an honor to represent the City of Long Beach on a project of such significance to the region and the nation,” Colonna said after his appointment Thursday by the Governing Board of the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority (ACTA). “I look forward to working with other board members, staff and the public to ensure that the project continues on the right track so that its many benefits are delivered on time and on budget.”

Colonna had been serving as an alternate on the ACTA Governing Board since his election to the Long Beach City Council in 1998. The Council this week appointed him as its representative on the Governing Board, succeeding Jeffrey A. Kellogg, who left office in July because of term limits.

Colonna, a successful real estate broker, earned a Bachelor of Science degree from California State University Long Beach, and a Master’s degree in Environmental Science from California State University, Northridge. He has served as Director of Environmental Health for the City of Long Beach, an officer with the California Army National Guard, and President of the Belmont Shore Business Association in Long Beach.

“We welcome Councilman Colonna to the Alameda Corridor, and we look forward to his contributions to our team,” said Governing Board Chairman Rudy Svorinich, Jr., a member of the Los Angeles City Council.

ACTA, a joint powers authority of 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 will speed the flow of cargo and reduce traffic congestion by eliminating conflicts at more than 200 street-level railroad crossings. Construction of the $2.4 billion project began in 1997 and is on schedule to open in 2002.