Skip to comments.US To Spend $2 Billion On Los Angeles' 'Subway To The Sea'
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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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 billiion for Los Angeles. I wonder if this is comes from the Foreign Aid budget.
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?
Lets put a train underground where we have lots of earthquakes! What a brilliant idea!
Didn’t Jerry Brown say the sea was about to flood LA? That makes this subway much less impressive of a project.
Do you understand they already have underground subway/trains in Los Angeles? This is an extension, not a new concept.
That was my first thought! It will take $4 billion to fix it after the first quake
Needs bike lanes and wind turbines added, no doubt.
All made of hemp.
is this so more ferel yutes can go to the beach?
Subway tunnel and methane gas = a giant pipe bomb!
Ummmmm...LA + earthquakes + subway...what could possibly go wrong.
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.
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.
Maybe they can use Seattle’s tunnel boring machine. Some disassembly may be required. :=)
Actually Santa Monica is filled with the homeless. Now they’ll be able to visit their friends living on skid row.
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.
What's a yute?
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?
“- 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)
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.
A way to funnel tax payer money to bail out the mexicalifornia rats and to support their new friends and partners, the illegals