While Others Struggle, L.A. County Moves On Transportation Projects

While cities throughout California and the rest of the nation struggle to afford even their most basic services, L.A. County's moving ahead with more than $4 billion in transportation projects.
May 19, 2011, 5am PDT | Nate Berg
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Key to the continued work is the sales tax increase dedicated to transportation projects that voters approved in 2008.

"If all goes as anticipated, Metro in the next year would begin construction of a new rail line along Crenshaw Boulevard, complete the Expo Line to Culver City and continue work on an expansion of the Gold Line from Pasadena to Azusa.

It would be the first time L.A. would have three rail projects under construction at the same time.

The rail expansion has been mostly shielded from cutbacks related to the bad economy because a large portion of the funding comes from Measure R, the .5-cent sales tax voters approved in 2008."

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Published on Sunday, May 15, 2011 in Los Angeles Times
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