August 2: This Date in Los Angeles Transportation History

2001:  Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials unveil a plaque honoring the late U.S. Congressman Julian Dixon.

In a ceremony on Patsaouras Plaza, the Congressman’s widow Bettye Dixon and son Cary are joined by LACMTA Board Chairman John Fasana, Los Angeles County Supervisors and Board Members Yvonne Bathwaite-Burke and Zev Yaroslavsky, Los Angeles City Council President Alex Padilla, City Councilman Nate Holden and LACMTA CEO Julian Burke.

Dixon, a member of Congress for 22 years, was a longtime supporter of public transit projects in Los Angeles, including the Metro Rail and Metro Bus systems.

Supervisor Burke, who proposed the motion to name the 7th/Metro station for Dixon, said the Congressman:

“knew that Los Angeles County needed a viable public transportation system. He fought for rail; he fought for subway; he fought for buses. He devoted himself to ensuring the future for Los Angeles County transit.”

The plaque is later placed in the recently renamed 7th/Metro/Julian Dixon Metro Rail station.

Additional information about and images from the plaque unveiling can be found here.