Quantcast
Connect with us

Los Angeles will get $2 billion in federal funds to build ‘subway to the sea’

Published

on

By Sharon Bernstein

SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) – The federal government will spend $2 billion to extend a subway line under Los Angeles’ storied Wilshire Boulevard, an effort to ease congestion in one of the country’s most transited corridors and to eventually link downtown to the beach with a “Subway to the Sea.”

The project is meant to improve traffic in a part of the city where it can take hours to go just a few miles, with train stations to be built at major cultural attractions, including museums and the glitzy shopping areas of Beverly Hills.

ADVERTISEMENT

Backers hope at some point to expand the subway all the way to a station near the beach in Santa Monica.

“Where the car used to be king, we say, ‘Look out, you don’t have to get in your car,'” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said on Wednesday at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. to announce the funding.

The backing from the U.S. Department of Transportation comes after decades of controversy pitting supporters of public transportation against opponents who complained about traffic, but feared that the subway’s construction would disrupt local residents and businesses and cause safety problems.

A portion of the subway, a 6.5-mile (10.5-km) hop from downtown to Western Avenue in Koreatown, was completed in 1996, but opposition from affluent West Side residents and concern about a 1985 methane explosion that blew up a clothing store near Wilshire Boulevard stymied further progress.

Congressman Henry Waxman, who for years opposed extending the subway through his increasingly congested West Los Angeles district, hailed the project on Wednesday, saying it would transform Los Angeles.

ADVERTISEMENT

“It will mean a whole new experience for people to be able to get around,” said the California Democrat. “They’ll be able to get on a Metro in downtown L.A. and in a short period of time get to West Los Angeles.”

The funding approved on Wednesday includes a grant for $1.2 billion and a loan of $821 million.

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission hopes to break ground on the first leg of the project by the end of this year, taking the full-sized rail line to the Los Angeles County Museum and further west to La Cienega Boulevard.

ADVERTISEMENT

Since the first stretch of subway – just four miles long – opened in 1993, the region has built a wide patchwork of connected systems, including trains, light rail and dedicated busways.

(Reporting by Sharon Bernstein; editing by G Crosse and Cynthia Johnston)

ADVERTISEMENT

[Image: “People Boarding The Subway In Los Angeles. Union Station To Hollywood,” via Shutterstock]


Report typos and corrections to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

Facebook

Watch Devin Nunes freak out and eject reporters when asked about phone calls with Lev Parnas

Published

on

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) lost it over the weekend when he was asked about his phone calls with Rudy Giuliani's associate Lev Parnas, who was recently indicted.

Nunes was at a Republican Party fundraiser in New York City when two Intercept reporters asked about the impeachment probe. Recent phone records subpoenaed by the House Intelligence Committee revealed that Nunes had multiple conversations with Giuliani and with Parnas.

Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Trump supporters lose their minds when church shows Nativity scene in immigrant cages

Published

on

MAGA supporters are losing their minds after a photo of the Nativity scene at Claremont United Methodist Church was posted to Facebook.

The scene depicts Mary, Joseph, and the baby Jesus separated and put in their own cages, a reference to the families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. Inside the church, the family is shown as reunited.

Senior minister Karen Clark Ristine shared the image on Facebook with the message hoping that everyone in the United States could see the photo and read the story for Christmas.

"The theological statement posted with the nativity: In a time in our country when refugee families seek asylum at our borders and are unwillingly separated from one another, we consider the most well-known refugee family in the world," she wrote. "Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, the Holy Family. Shortly after the birth of Jesus, Joseph and Mary were forced to flee with their young son from Nazareth to Egypt to escape King Herod, a tyrant. They feared persecution and death."

Continue Reading
 

Breaking Banner

Columnist nails Republicans for only caring about Hunter Biden now that his father is running for president

Published

on

One of the critical questions that must be answered by Republicans, according to one Washington Post columnist, is why they didn't care about Hunter Biden's position at Burisma for so many years.

In a Sunday piece, James Downie asked why Republicans didn't do anything about Hunter Biden five years ago when it was first revealed that vice president's son was on the board of a Ukraine energy company. The House and the Senate were being run by Republicans until this year. They haven't had problems with other partisan investigations against high-profile leaders. There were ten investigations into the Benghazi attacks, three hearings, 29 witnesses, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified for 11 hours. Yet, it was only after Joe Biden announced he was running against President Donald Trump that Republicans discovered an issue.

Continue Reading