Rep. Maxine Waters (CA-43), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, issued the following statement after she secured the inclusion of infrastructure priorities benefiting Inglewood, Gardena, Torrance, Lawndale, and Hawthorne in the INVEST in America Act.

“I am so pleased that through my work with our community and my colleagues in Congress, I have secured the inclusion of five projects that will benefit our communities in the INVEST in America Act, a transformational bill that moves our country forward by strategically investing in our transportation and infrastructure,” Waters said. “The inclusion of these projects will bring almost $20 million in critical investments to our neighborhoods by allowing our cities to make our roads safer, construct new transit lines that create opportunity for growth and employment, purchase zero-emission buses, reduce traffic and congestion, and much more.”

The INVEST in America Act reauthorizes critical transportation programs and makes historic investments in infrastructure needs across the country.

While Waters submitted requests for infrastructure priorities all over California’s 43rd Congressional District, this was a competitive process. Thousands of requests were submitted by a bipartisan cohort of members, and the five projects from Inglewood, Gardena, Torrance, Lawndale, and Hawthorne were among those carefully vetted and selected to receive federal funds due to their potential to increase access to transportation, reduce carbon pollution, support underserved communities, create jobs, and modernize our nation’s infrastructure.

Waters has secured funding for infrastructure priorities in Inglewood, including funding $9.2 million for the Inglewood Transit Connector (ITC). The money will fund the pre-construction phase of the ITC, a fully elevated transit system that will provide a direct transit connection from the Metro Crenshaw/LAX Line to the City of Inglewood’s new housing and employment centers, and sports and entertainment facilities.

Benefits include economic, environmental, congestion mitigation, equity, and safety improvements for communities located in the City of Inglewood and also for passengers traveling to Inglewood from throughout the region.