- Associated Press - Thursday, November 12, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A subway link under downtown Los Angeles is behind schedule and has racked up millions of dollars in overruns before a single foot of tunnel has been cut.

The Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/1MEIz1a ) says the Downtown Regional Connector has eaten through about half of a nearly $93 million reserve fund that was supposed to last five more years.

The 1.9-mile project will link three rail lines and allow passengers to move through downtown without changing trains.

But the $1.4-billion project has been complicated by the need to relocate underground electrical lines and other utilities.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says that could delay the line’s late 2020 opening by at least six months.

Metro spokeswoman Pauletta Tonilas says such problems are common in construction projects.

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