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Infographic: Incomes Along Los Angeles Metro Lines
L.A.'s ongoing rail renaissance may kick into high gear if voters approve a $120 billion measure to fund (among other projects) further additions to the Metro Rail system. Even if the measure doesn't succeed, major developments like the Expo Line extension to Santa Monica, the Crenshaw Line, and the Purple Line extension are already in the works or nearly complete.
While L.A. transit use is still defined—to a certain extent—by class and racial lines, that reality is changing. As the infographic shows, Metro hasn't been shy to expand into affluent areas, including Santa Monica, parts of the San Gabriel Valley, stops along the Green Line, and what will be the Purple Line's eventual path past Beverly Hills to Westwood.
The graphic highlights the city's segregation by wealth, but also the potential for transit to bridge some of those long-established divisions.