Torres Convenes Regional Transportation Strategy Meeting with Localities and Regional Transportation Authorities
ONTARIO, CA - Today, Rep. Norma J. Torres (D-Pomona) held a transportation policy roundtable meeting with local officials and regional transportation authorities to discuss short- and long-term regional priorities and increase coordination in planning and building regionally-oriented transportation solutions.
"I convened today's meeting in order to encourage more effective regional cooperation in transportation planning," said Torres. "Our transportation needs don't suddenly change at the at the county line. It's commonplace for residents to live in one city or county and commute to another. As the local economy grows and our rails, roads, and freeways become more and more congested, it is clear there is a pressing need for a regional strategy to effectively address transportation needs."
Participants also discussed new strategies for land-use and transportation, improving cooperation across borders and jurisdictions, incorporating Ontario Airport in regional transportation planning, and how localities and transportation authorities can better leverage federal, state, and local dollars.
"With infrastructure shaping up to be an area where both parties in Congress and the new administration may be able to find agreement, we must make sure our region is setting itself up to be competitive and able to maximize resources," continued Torres. "I’ve been pleased by the willingness of key regional transportation leaders to work together and to develop strategies that benefit the entire region. My goal is improve upon the solid efforts that have already been made. Our region has great potential for economic growth and increased quality of life. Getting transportation infrastructure investments right is essential to unlocking that potential and will require all of us doing our part to deliver innovative solutions to meet the transportation needs of residents across Southern California."
Today's meeting took place at the CHP Inland Empire Communications Center in Fontana. Participating were representatives from local cities as well as regional transportation authorities including the Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority, Metro Link (Southern California Regional Rail Authority), Alameda Corridor-East (ACE) Construction Authority, and L.A. Metro.