Downtown L.A. Streetcar Makes Another Move Forward
José Huizar, Eli Broad, Rick Caruso, Tim Leiweke to co-host “Get On Board” fundraising event September 30, 2010
Released on: June 16, 2010, 3:36 am
LOS ANGELES, June 16, 2010— L.A. Streetcar, Inc. (LASI) today announced a powerhouse roster co-hosting a
September 30 fundraiser at L.A. LIVE to benefit the Downtown L.A. Streetcar project. The cocktail reception
fundraiser, themed “Get On Board,” is designed to promote efforts to advance a modern and environmentallyfriendly
streetcar transportation system being developed for downtown Los Angeles.
Los Angeles City Councilmember José Huizar will be joined by Eli Broad, founder of The Broad Foundations, Rick
Caruso of Caruso Affiliated, and Tim Leiweke of AEG / L.A. LIVE. The co-hosts joined forces to highlight their belief
in the economic, cultural, transportation and livability benefits a modern streetcar system will bring to downtown
Los Angeles. The proposed streetcar route is approximately 4-miles in length, and would run 7-days a week, about
18 hours a day. It would serve areas including Bunker Hill, Grand Avenue and the Music Center, Historic Broadway
and the Historic Core, South Park, L.A. LIVE and the Los Angeles Convention Center.
“The streetcar will help create a better connected, pedestrian-oriented downtown, bringing jobs, economic
development and revitalization all around the route. A more efficiently run and successful downtown is good for
our entire City and the streetcar will help get us there,” said Huizar, who has championed the streetcar effort
within the City and METRO through his Bringing Back Broadway initiative. “By having the streetcar go through
areas that have already experienced the downtown renaissance – as well as those that have incredible potential
but are still in need of a catalyst for revitalization – the streetcar will help downtown function as a complete,
Huizar is not alone in his convictions that a streetcar will catalyze revitalization downtown, and provide a muchneeded
transportation circulation service. More than 40,000 people are estimated to live within the downtown
area, with 550,000 people coming into the city each day for work and tourism.
“Downtown Los Angeles has many distinct districts including the sports-entertainment-convention district around
L.A. LIVE and the cultural and civic district along Grand Avenue. A streetcar will connect these vibrant areas of our
city center and will enable more people to easily visit them,” said Eli Broad. “We have a treasure trove of cultural
riches in our region, and a streetcar will help visitors and residents alike enjoy all downtown Los Angeles has to
“With the start of construction on the Grand Avenue Park this summer, there will even be more reasons for people
to come downtown,” Broad said. “I’ve always said that no city is great without a vibrant center, and downtown is
truly becoming an exciting core that will draw people from all over this region. The streetcar is a critical
transportation option so families can get around downtown safely and easily.”
Downtown property owners, civic and business leaders agree, and formed L.A. Streetcar, Inc., a non-profit
partnership dedicated to planning, designing and building the Downtown L.A. Streetcar system. The organization
is based on models used by streetcar cities such as Seattle and Portland. In Portland, a $100-million public-private
investment in their modern streetcar system is credited with catalyzing $2.3 billion in economic development and
turning blighted areas into thriving urban centers, connected by the streetcar.
“The L.A. Streetcar would be another important enhancement to support our ever-increasing downtown
community and infrastructure,” said Timothy J. Leiweke, President & CEO, AEG / L.A. LIVE “Downtown businesses
and attractions rely more and more each day on our public transportation system to bring residents and tourists to
these popular destinations.”
Currently, it’s hard for residents to take full advantage of what downtown has to offer. "Some evening, try going
from dinner at L.A. LIVE to a show at the Music Center or from a concert at the Orpheum Theatre to a late dinner
on Bunker Hill" said Rick Caruso. "See what it takes to get around between destinations downtown and you'll
understand exactly why we need to invest in a streetcar - not to mention what it will mean for the tens of
thousands of people living downtown now, who need to access services like the California Hospital Medical Center
or the only grocery store in the area. We can't afford not to do this."
A feasibility study for the streetcar project was completed in 2006 and the project is included in METRO’s Long
Range Transportation Plan. The streetcar effort has been the recipient of federal appropriation funding for studies,
and has submitted its development plans to secure a $25 million federal grant through the Urban Circulators
program. CRA/LA has allocated $10 million to the project, and additional potential public funding sources, which
would leverage private sector funding for the public-private partnership, include TIGER II grants and Small Starts
funding. Environmental study is beginning, and proponents expect to have the Downtown L.A. Streetcar line
engineered and ready for construction within 5 years.
Event co-hosts and L.A. Streetcar, Inc. supporters believe the Downtown L.A. Streetcar will not only be an
important connection between L.A.’s other vital transportation systems and downtown neighborhoods but also an
important stimulus for L.A.’s future economic growth. Project information, sponsorship and ticket information will
be available at lastreetcar.org.
To learn more about the Downtown L.A. Streetcar, visit lastreetcar.org become a fan of L.A. Streetcar on Facebook and follow the project on Twitter.
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