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Los Angeles rail line receives approval

Transportation officials in Los Angeles, CA approved an $8.5 billion, 31-km (19.3-mile) light rail line project that will include 3.7 km (2.3 miles) of underground tunneling. The line will serve largely working-class Latino communities in southeast Los Angeles County, and the officials agreed to look for ways to speed up the project slated for completion in 2043. The Los Angeles Times reported that the line runs from Artesia northwest to Union Station, cutting through the cities of Cerritos, Bellflower, Paramount, Downey, South Gate, Cudahy, Bell, Huntington Park and Vernon. It would provide key connections to other lines, helping build out a rail system decades in the making. The costs of the project is $8.5 billion and is more than double the original estimate. The Metropolitan Transport...

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