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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California


Transportation infrastructure is critical to a prosperous nation. Both California and Los Angeles are in dire need of additional transportation investment.

From high speed rail to subways, from light rail to bus rapid transit and bike lanes, transportation projects have the potential to transform our daily lives and move America forward.  Transportation investment is critical to create jobs, spur economic development, ease congestion, expand our national transportation network, and foster the development of safer, more livable communities. We must ensure that states and local transportation agencies have the resources and flexibility to build projects quickly and create good jobs along the way.

For more information concerning my work and views on transportation, please contact my Washington, DC office. I look forward to your feedback.

Thank you.

More on Transportation

August 18, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Rep Karen Bass (CA-37) issued the following statement regarding the Federal Aviation Administration’s  (FAA) decision to keep Santa Monica Airport (SMO) open through 2023, concluding the city must meet its federal grant obligations put into effect in 2003.

July 9, 2015 Press Release
Following meeting with Santa Monica and Los Angeles residents, both members of Congress agree that it is time to close the airport.
March 24, 2015 Press Release
Today, Congresswoman Karen Bass, Congressman Xavier Becerra (D-Los Angeles) and 4 additional members of the Los Angeles Area Congressional Delegation sent a letter urging the House Appropriations Committee to provide at least $330 million to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority in Fiscal Year 2016 for the Downtown Regional Connector and the Westside Purple Line Subway Extension.
March 17, 2015 Video
On March 17, Rep. Karen Bass went to the House Floor to discuss the importance of local hiring policies and the work of Los Angeles Metro.
June 12, 2014 In The News
Community and labor activists have been agitating for more jobs to be filled locally for the building of Metro’s subway and light rail lines. But federal regulations have been a roadblock. Congress took a big step this week to change the rules.
June 10, 2014 Press Release
The U.S. House of Representatives today passed legislation today authored by Congresswoman Karen Bass that would allow local transit agencies like Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority to prioritize hiring local residents for highway and transit projects. The amendment was adopted as part of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill.
March 25, 2014 Press Release
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Calf.) visited L.A. Trade Tech College (LATTC) on Friday, March 21, visiting with students and faculty.
January 15, 2014 In The News
A bill would allow projects such as the Crenshaw light-rail line to give hiring preference to area workers. It's a good idea.
November 26, 2013 In The News
The rationale has been that all Americans should have access to jobs created with national funding, but the policy fails to take into account that most of the funding for most projects these days is raised locally.
November 25, 2013 Bill
The Local Hire Act is designed to spur local job-creation through federally funded transit projects across the country.