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Infographic: Incomes Along Los Angeles Metro Lines

As Los Angeles weighs the merits of more major funding for Metro Rail projects, the current slate of new routes is already coming online. This graphic depicts median household incomes along existing and future rail lines.
March 21, 2016, 9am PDT | Philip Rojc | @PhilipRojc
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Yusef El-Mansouri

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. 

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Published on Friday, March 4, 2016 in Los Angeles Times
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