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Olympic Hopes Move the Finish Line for Los Angeles Rail Plans

The city of Los Angeles is leveraging its hopes as the U.S. candidate to host the 2024 Olympics to ramp up rail construction to an "extremely aggressive" timetable.
September 10, 2015, 11am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"Citing L.A.'s quest to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, Los Angeles County transportation officials are seeking to fast-track two of Metro's most anticipated rail projects," reports Laura J. Nelson.

"In letters sent Tuesday and obtained by The Times, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority formally asked to join a Federal Transit Administration pilot program that could accelerate construction on a subway to the Westside and a rail connection to Los Angeles International Airport."

The federal approval would, in effect, allow concurrent construction of the Purple Line (formerly known as the "Subway to the Sea") of all three planned phases. The article has more details about the construction of both lines, and how Los Angeles's Olympic ambitions might change the delivery horizon for the largest transit investments in the region.

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Published on Thursday, September 10, 2015 in Los Angeles Times
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