File #: 2023-0287   
Type: Informational Report Status: Filed
File created: 4/24/2023 In control: Executive Management Committee
On agenda: 5/18/2023 Final action: 5/18/2023
Title: RECEIVE AND FILE May 2023 State and Federal Legislative Report.
Sponsors: Board of Directors - Regular Board Meeting
Indexes: Ara Najarian, Budgeting, California State Transportation Agency, Center for Transportation Excellence, East Los Angeles, Federal Transit Administration, Gold Line Eastside Transit Corridor Phase 2, GoPass, Grant Aid, Housing, Hubs, Informational Report, Link Union Station, Metro Rail C Line, Metro Rail E Line, Metro Rail K Line, Metro Rail L Line, Motion / Motion Response, Pasadena, Program, Project, Rail transit, Transit operators, Transit Pass, United States Department Of Transportation, West Santa Ana Branch Transit Corridor
MAY 18, 2023




RECEIVE AND FILE May 2023 State and Federal Legislative Report.


Executive Management Committee
Remarks Prepared by Raffi Haig Hamparian
Government Relations Senior Director, Federal Affairs

Chair Najarian and members of the Executive Management Committee, I am pleased to provide an update on several key federal matters of interest to our agency. This report was prepared on May 3, 2023, and will be updated, as appropriate, at the Executive Management Committee meeting on March 18, 2023. The status of relevant pending legislation is monitored on the Metro Government Relations Legislative Matrix, which is updated monthly.

Los Angeles County Congressional Delegation

Our CEO and Government Relations team continue to reach out and hold briefings with members of the Los Angeles County Congressional Delegation to ensure that our agency is providing timely and accurate information on Metro's projects and programs in their respective districts - and, more broadly - our efforts to enhance mobility and equity for the 10 million people who live, work, and play in Los Angeles County.

Most recently, on May 2, 2023, our CEO conveyed a letter to members of the Los Angeles County Congressional Delegation expressing Metro's support for the Freedom to Move Act - which was recently reintroduced by U.S. Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (D-MA). The Freedom to Move Act would create a federal grant system to provide for a fare-free public transportation program. The goals of this smartly designed legislation is in alignment with the Biden/Harris Administration's Justice40 Initiative "on how certain Federal investments might be made toward a goal that 40 percent of the overall benefits flow to disadvantaged communities."

Metro's Board of Directors previous...

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