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LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and other city officials don't want to wait 27 years to ride rail through the westside to get to the beach. Current unapproved planning for the subway/rail route calls for an estimated completion date of 2036. At this rate the mayor would be 83. Urging municipalities and other groups to put aside their differences and focus on getting additional funding, the project can be completed in 10 years, according to Mayor Villaraigosa. Once called the subway-to-the-sea, the line is now referred to as the Purple Line Extension and would follow the Wilshire corridoor. The corridoor now handles anywhere from 40,000 to 80,000 cars per day. The mayor was speaking at a press conference at UCLA last week where workers were completing final soil analysis for subway construction. This is part of the process for submitting study information to MTA who will then make a recommendation to proceed if all goes well.
A westside train that would also feed the Expo line and possibly the Harbor subdivision line could bring massive traffic relief to the westside which has some of the heaviest auto traffic in the nation. The system cost estimate is $4.1 and is being funded by Measure R sales tax of 1/2 percent.
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