“It’s going to be a commuter’s dream. On the freeway, you have no control over traffic. Our trains run like clockwork. They’re a consistent, reliable method of travel that will give people more time out of their cars and more time to be with family and friends.”
NAME: Dennis Mori
HOME: Rancho Palos Verdes
PROFESSION: Deputy executive officer, project manager of Metro Red Line; in charge of $1.3-billion extension of Red Line to North Hollywood.
LATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Guiding the Red Line to completion, with new stations in Hollywood, Universal City and North Hollywood.
GOALS FOR 2000: Perform final testing on the train and its route beneath the Santa Monica Mountains. Open the doors to the subway station in May or June. Begin work on a bridge across the Ventura Freeway to speed access to the Universal City station. Achieve 100,000 riders a day along the Red Line within one year of its opening--roughly a 40% to 60% increase from current ridership of 60,000 to 70,000 daily boardings.