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Federal officials give OK for preliminary engineering on Westside subway

January 5, 2011 |  6:35 pm

Metro SubwayFederal officials have granted formal approval for preliminary engineering on a subway extension  to Westwood.

The Federal Transit Administration also approved preliminary engineering for a 1.9-mile underground light rail line that would connect the Gold, Blue and future Expo lines, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority said Wednesday in a statement.

"Hopefully, this is a prelude for the FTA partnering with Metro to help pay for construction of these two major transit projects that will attract tens of thousands of new riders," Metro board Chairman Don Knabe said in the statement.

Funding for both projects will also come from a sales-tax increase approved by county voters in 2008.

The transit agency estimates that the subway extension to Westwood will cost $5.34 billion to construct if completed by 2022. The light rail connector line would cost about $1.4 billion.

Environmental studies are being conducted for both projects and should be completed this year, the agency said.

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Photo: Subway station. Credit: Los Angeles Times.

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