LONG BEACH - Los Angeles city councilman Rudy
Svorinich, Jr. was elected the new chairman of the governing board overseeing
construction of the Alameda Corridor rail cargo project.
The Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority (ACTA) governing board unanimously
elected Svorinich to succeed Jeffrey Kellogg, a Long Beach city councilman who
served as chairman for the past year. Svorinich will chair the board's
monthly meetings, sign official documents on behalf of the board and represent
"I'm delighted to be taking on these responsibilities on a project of such
national importance," said Svorinich, a San Pedro, Calif. native and
Harbor-area councilman since 1993. He was vice chairman during Kellogg's
tenure and served two previous terms as chairman. "This is an
exciting time for ACTA. The momentum of the project has accelerated with
the receipt of proposals for the Mid-Corridor Design-Build Contract, and we are
embarking on a ambitious construction schedule for the coming year."
Elevated to vice chairman was George Murchison, who represents the Long Beach
Board of Harbor Commissioners on the Governing Board. A Certified Public
Accountant by training, Murchison has served as a Port of Long Beach
commissioner since 1995.
The Alameda Corridor is a 20-mile rail expressway linking the ports of Long
Beach and Los Angeles to the transcontinental switching yards just east of
downtown Los Angeles. The project will speed the flow of cargo by
eliminating more than 200 grade crossings and ease traffic congestion by
enhancing streets along the route. Construction on the project began one
year ago and is scheduled for completion in 2001.
The Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority is a joint powers authority
overseeing the construction of the $2 billion project. The governing board
includes the following: Svorinich; Murchison; Kellogg; Los Angeles county
supervisor Yvonne Burke; Port of Los Angeles commissioner Jonathan Y. Thomas;
Port of Long Beach executive director Richard Steinke; and Port of Los Angeles
executive director Larry Keller.