May 16, 2017

VIDEO/AUDIO: Senator Welcomes Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to Hearing to Discuss Transportation

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, a member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, introduced Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles, at a subcommittee committee hearing to discuss our nation's transportation needs.

"Having quality infrastructure in Los Angeles is not just important for those who call it home, as do I, it is important for the entire country. When Los Angeles is moving efficiently, that means it is easier for the products, goods, and people that we all need to move around the country and the world, that they are able to move in an easier way," Harris said.

Full statement below:

I'd like to introduce and welcome Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti, a longstanding friend and a great leader in California, and he is here to talk about our nation's transportation needs.

Los Angeles freeways are infamous. The intersection between the 10 and the 405 is known affectionately as the biggest parking lot in America.

But it's not just our roads that are overstretched. In 2015, 45.5 million visitors traveled to Los Angeles - 6.7 million arrived from other countries. Los Angeles International Airport is the second busiest airport in the country and LA County has the top two biggest container ports in the country. Having quality infrastructure in Los Angeles is not just important for those who call it home, as do I, it is important for the entire country. When Los Angeles is moving efficiently, that means it is easier for the products, goods, and people that we all need to move around the country and the world, that they are able to move in an easier way.

Mayor Garcetti has a front row seat to the transportation challenges and needs of Southern California, while also running a city that is looking at new ways to address urban mobility and challenges, and hopefully a city that will also host the Olympics. Los Angeles is investing in new highway and surface street infrastructure while it is expanding rail transit and looking at how to impact dedicated bus and bike lanes.

Los Angeles residents just approved a measure to invest their own money in the infrastructure that helps keep Los Angeles and it's region growing and moving, and it's time for the federal government to do its part. Residents are steadily seeing new options to get around their city, but they need federal resources in order to provide businesses and tourists the experience that they deserve.

The City and County of Los Angeles has always had a history of working with the federal government to build bipartisan support in an effort to accelerate infrastructure improvement projects. The work underway to address Los Angeles's urban mobility challenges requires innovation, combined with support from local, state, and federal government, and I look forward to hearing my Mayor's testimony today, welcome Eric Garcetti.

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