The Long Fight For A Subway In LA's Densest Corridor

A political ban on building a subway through some of L.A.'s most dense neighborhoods is being lifted as traffic slows transportaiton to a crawl. But now, finding funding for a Red line expansion may prove nearly impossible.
December 24, 2005, 1pm PST | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"Rep. Henry Waxman's recent decision to lift his ban on federal funds for subway tunneling in the Fairfax district was great news for anybody who has ever been stuck in gridlock on the Westside. But Wilshire Boulevard commuters might want to leave the corks in their champagne bottles for now; it's still going to be a long fight to get a subway extension down L.A.'s densest corridor.

...L.A. transit planners have long dreamed of a Wilshire subway from downtown to the ocean. That's not going to happen anytime soon. Villaraigosa will be lucky if he can get a line from Western to Fairfax Avenue approved during his tenure as mayor â€" that three-mile project alone would cost more than $1 billion. His successor can worry about getting the line from Fairfax to Westwood."

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Published on Friday, December 23, 2005 in The Los Angeles Times
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