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Los Angeles' Purple Line Moves Past Legal Opposition

A subway extension that would cut across the Los Angeles basin has cleared another legal hurdle, despite the efforts of a coalition of opponents in the city of Beverly Hills.
August 16, 2016, 9am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"Some very good news for [Los Angeles County] Metro and the Purple Line Extension subway project arrived on Friday: in a federal lawsuit brought against the Federal Transit Administration, U.S. District Court Judge George Wu upheld the FTA’s prior approval of the project," reports Steve Hymon for Metro's The Source.

What that means in plain terms: "Metro can move forward with finalizing a $1.2-billion federal grant and $307-million federally-backed loan to help pay for the project’s second phase between Wilshire/La Cienega in Beverly Hills and Century City."

The project in question has been referred to in the past as the "Subway to the Sea," though it stops well short of the Pacific coastline. The fate of this Purple Line stands in contrast to the Purple Line extension planned for the suburbs of Maryland, which was recently dealt a legal blow.

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Published on Friday, August 12, 2016 in The Source
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