Public transit continues to be a major focus throughout Southern California, with virtually all of the county transportation agencies planning or undertaking important passenger rail projects throughout the region. Some of those transit projects in Los Angeles and Orange County received a major boost this week, as the Los Angeles Times is reporting that the Obama administration has earmarked $500 million in the proposed federal budget for the next fiscal year for LA Metro's Westside Subway (Purple Line) and Regional Connector projects and OCTA's OC Streetcar project.
New subway lines don't come around every day. They are expensive, complicated projects that take years to plan, finance, and build. But it looks like major cities on both coasts are working towards new major new subway projects.
In New York, the Second Avenue Subway Project is the first major expansion of New York's subway system in more than half a century. The MTA started studying the project in the mid-1990's, issued an Environmental Impact Statement in 1999, and finally broke ground in 2007. Construction is now well underway.
In Los Angeles, the proposed project making most of ...
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