Irvine Revives Light Rail Plan

A new rail plan proposes to bring mass transit to Orange County.

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February 1, 2006, 12:00 PM PST

By Abhijeet Chavan @

"Less than four months after the demise of the controversial CenterLine light-rail project, a new rail proposal in Irvine is reviving debate about the viability of mass transit in Orange County.

The proposal, which won an initial endorsement from the Irvine City Council last week, would use millions in state money that the city had earmarked for CenterLine to instead help connect the future Orange County Great Park with Irvine's Metrolink station and the Spectrum shopping center...

...critics of mass-transit rail systems say that in Southern California, where communities and job centers are spread out and people depend on their cars, it makes more sense to widen roads and to invest in rapid bus lines."

Tuesday, January 31, 2006 in The Los Angeles Times

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