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Eastside Los Angeles LRT approved

By a vote of 11-0, the board of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has given the go-ahead for construction of a six-mile, USD760 million light rail line from Union Station downtown through Little Tokyo and Boyle Heights to the Eastside of Los Angeles.

By approving a final environmental study and asking the Federal Transit Administration to deliver funding already promised. Although plans for a subway to Eastside was previously rejected approximately a mile of the light rail line will be underground in an area where streets are congested. It is expected that construction will begin in 2003 and be completed by 2005.

20 March 2002

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