Target: California Governor Jerry Brown
Goal: Applaud the governor’s decision to allow the conversion of a metro line to light rail in San Fernando Valley
Recently, Governor Jerry Brown of California signed a bill that would allow transit authorities to once again discuss constructing a light-rail that would run through San Fernando Valley. The creation of a light-rail would be more efficient than the existing metro line and lessen the amount of traffic on the freeways.
In 1991, the Robbins Bill was passed, banning the creation of a light-rail and instead opting for the construction of the Metro Orange Line. The bill was signed after protest from the Orthodox Jewish community and years of unseen progress regarding a light-rail. Now, with the reversal of the Robbins Bill, many San Fernando Valley residents can look forward to a more efficient mode of transportation as currently the neighborhood houses only two out of the 80 metro lines in Los Angeles County. In addition, with more people turning to the light-rail, congestion on the 101 and 405 freeways are expected to decrease. Additionally, this decrease of cars on the road signifies a decrease in emissions and environmental degradation. Unfortunately, construction will not happen immediately due to a lack of funding and the high prioritization of many other transportation projects.
By signing the petition below, you are thanking Governor Brown for reversing the Robbins Bill and urging for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority to prioritize the light-rail project.
Dear California Governor Jerry Brown,
Recently, the Robbins Bill, which succeeded in preventing the construction of a light-rail in San Fernando Valley, was reversed due to your efforts. I would like to take the time to applaud your decision to renew discussions of a light-rail in order to allow residents to commute more easily and to encourage mass transportation in place of using motor vehicles, a much more environmentally sustainable practice.
Prior to your decision, only two out of the 80 metro lines in Los Angeles County ran through San Fernando Valley. As a result, the Orange Metro Line that was built instead of a light-rail has remained inefficient and crowded. Furthermore, many opted for using their own motor vehicles causing congestion along the 101 and 405 freeways.
Although the construction of a light-rail cannot occur overnight, the steps towards progress have been laid out. For this reason, I support your vision for increased accessibility to efficient mass transportation and hope that the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority choses to prioritize this project immediately.
[Your Name Here]
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