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US To Spend $2 Billion On Los Angeles' 'Subway To The Sea'
Bus ^ | 05/22 | Sharon Bernstein

Posted on 05/22/2014 7:54:22 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

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.

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.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Society; Travel
KEYWORDS: dot; fedgovt; la; lasubway; losangeles; subway

1 posted on 05/22/2014 7:54:22 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Its rumored that oBama wants to extend the scope of the project .. in hopes of having his name associated with the worlds first Intercontinental Subway


2 posted on 05/22/2014 8:00:14 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: SeekAndFind
I see a future Jack Nicholson film: Korean Town. No more aqueducts to build so now we build subways.
3 posted on 05/22/2014 8:01:29 AM PDT by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
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To: SeekAndFind

$2 billiion for Los Angeles. I wonder if this is comes from the Foreign Aid budget.


4 posted on 05/22/2014 8:03:11 AM PDT by InterceptPoint
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To: MeshugeMikey

RE: Its rumored that oBama wants to extend the scope of the project .. in hopes of having his name associated with the worlds first Intercontinental Subway

Doesn’t Obama realize that LA is in an earthquake belt?

What’s going to happen to this should (God forbid) the BIG ONE arrive?


5 posted on 05/22/2014 8:04:05 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Lets put a train underground where we have lots of earthquakes! What a brilliant idea!


6 posted on 05/22/2014 8:04:30 AM PDT by Doomonyou (Let them eat Lead.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Didn’t Jerry Brown say the sea was about to flood LA? That makes this subway much less impressive of a project.


7 posted on 05/22/2014 8:08:28 AM PDT by pikachu (After Monday and Tuesday, even the calender goes W T F !)
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To: Doomonyou

Do you understand they already have underground subway/trains in Los Angeles? This is an extension, not a new concept.


8 posted on 05/22/2014 8:09:30 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Doomonyou
Lets put a train underground where we have lots of earthquakes! What a brilliant idea!

That was my first thought! It will take $4 billion to fix it after the first quake

9 posted on 05/22/2014 8:10:09 AM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: SeekAndFind
Barry's rather limited attention span ....disallows assembling and examining much in the way of details...

When asked if he was concerned about there being even a SMIDGEON of a problem with his plan... he is reported to have replied with a resounding...




10 posted on 05/22/2014 8:21:29 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: SeekAndFind

Needs bike lanes and wind turbines added, no doubt.

All made of hemp.


11 posted on 05/22/2014 8:25:14 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.-JFK)
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To: FatherofFive

is this so more ferel yutes can go to the beach?


12 posted on 05/22/2014 8:32:33 AM PDT by Craftmore
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To: SeekAndFind

Subway tunnel and methane gas = a giant pipe bomb!
KA BOOM!


13 posted on 05/22/2014 8:32:47 AM PDT by minnesota_bound
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To: SeekAndFind
Next up: subway to Tijuana. I here that digging has already begun on the other side, and is currently somewhere under San Diego.
14 posted on 05/22/2014 8:35:56 AM PDT by factoryrat (We are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Ummmmm...LA + earthquakes + subway...what could possibly go wrong.


15 posted on 05/22/2014 8:38:22 AM PDT by Conservative4Ever (waiting for my Magic 8 ball to give me an answer)
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To: SeekAndFind

Here we go again. Another “must have” taxpayer funded “project” throwing Billions of taxpayer monies out into the unknown zone to eliminate a contrived crisis in traffic congestion, and/or air pollution so the Leftists, and their supporters can skim the funding, and eventually return much of it to their political party that doesn’t go into their own pockets.

It’s a common ruse primarily promoted by Democrats.

The Democrat party must be minimized for this country to survive.


16 posted on 05/22/2014 8:44:11 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will. They ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: factoryrat
Next up: subway to Tijuana.

Two things: The San Diego light rail already goes right to the border and then the Mexican drug cartels build several subways per year from Tijuana into San Ysidro all without a penny from the taxpayers.

17 posted on 05/22/2014 8:47:27 AM PDT by MeganC (Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Maybe they can use Seattle’s tunnel boring machine. Some disassembly may be required. :=)


18 posted on 05/22/2014 8:47:28 AM PDT by Bob
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To: Craftmore

Actually Santa Monica is filled with the homeless. Now they’ll be able to visit their friends living on skid row.


19 posted on 05/22/2014 8:48:09 AM PDT by windcliff
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To: SeekAndFind
Either there should be no subways at all in LA, or there should already have been one that went to the sea.

The liberal hypocrites that live on the Westside wanted public transportation for everyone else in LA, but not through their precious neighborhoods.

Were they afraid of the "wrong" kind of people being able to get in and out of their richer neighborhoods so easily? Were the taxi drivers afraid of losing fares?

They use the fear of earthquakes and methane explosions as an excuse to cover up their darker reasons for opposition.

They hate the traffic in their area, but they want everyone else to get out of their cars so they can continue to ride in theirs.

The biggest new fad is called "traffic calming". They create huge bike lanes and have to take out lanes along major surface streets. Rather than calming drivers it has infuriated them as getting in and out of the Westside is now even more painfully slow.

The city was going to build the trains to go under the streets or over them, but the people opposed it for one reason or another. So the government decided to do the only thing they could and use existing rails. This will mean even more traffic stoppages as cars have to wait for the trains to go by.

It's all quite hilarious.

20 posted on 05/22/2014 8:56:29 AM PDT by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: Craftmore
is this so more ferel yutes can go to the beach?

What's a yute?

21 posted on 05/22/2014 9:21:10 AM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: MeganC
Maybe california should employ the cartels to dig the subway tunnels. They may even do it for free if you give them trafficking rights. Just don't ask what's in those packages.
22 posted on 05/22/2014 9:33:17 AM PDT by factoryrat (We are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
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To: Craftmore

DING DING DING! Winner. When the knock-out game makes it to the streets
of Beverley Hills you can bet there will be sudden problems with the line.

2 billion? Yeah right. Monorails anyone?


23 posted on 05/22/2014 9:37:03 AM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: SeekAndFind

“- The federal government will spend $2 billion”

And when that 2 billion runs out?

I cant recall the last time a government project like this came in under or at 2 billion. Mustve been 70 years the last time. (An exaggeration, but not by much)


24 posted on 05/22/2014 10:02:40 AM PDT by lowbridge
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RE: I cant recall the last time a government project like this came in under or at 2 billion.

When a government project/agency/program/etc. is estimated in the beginning to cost X amount, expect the final amount to be AT LEAST 2X.


25 posted on 05/22/2014 11:09:40 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: FatherofFive; Craftmore
What's a yute?

Ask him, he can tell you now...

26 posted on 05/22/2014 11:11:28 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

A way to funnel tax payer money to bail out the mexicalifornia rats and to support their new friends and partners, the illegals


27 posted on 05/23/2014 2:30:45 AM PDT by ronnie raygun
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