- Associated Press - Sunday, January 10, 2016

NORWALK, Calif. (AP) - Southern California transit officials and elected officials are trying to revive a decades-old plan to close a nearly 3-mile gap between the Metrolink train station and the Metro Green Line stop in Norwalk, according to a newspaper report.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, the city of Norwalk, the county’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority and others have expressed interest in building an extension between the two stations, the Los Angeles Times said Sunday (https://lat.ms/1OIxgpM ).

Supporters say it would be a major step toward connecting the area’s rail lines and would make it easier to reach destinations in Orange County, the Inland Empire and western Los Angeles County, including Los Angeles International Airport.

“This is a project Southern California needs,” said Orange County Supervisor Shawn Nelson, board chairman of Metrolink, the passenger railroad that serves six counties in the region. “It’s been a long time, but we are finally focused on getting this done and we have the right people talking about it.”

Officials say they are at least willing to study the extension, which could be at grade, a subway or elevated. Possible routes and costs have yet to be determined, although the price tag is likely to be higher than the estimates of up to $241 million from the 1990s, the Times said.



The project also might qualify for inclusion in a planned ballot proposition this year to renew Measure R, the half-cent per dollar sales tax that has raised billions in funding for transportation projects countywide. The ballot measure would include a list of transit and highway proposals eligible to receive revenue from a renewed Measure R.

The Green Line extension is “getting enough traction that we are willing to spend a couple of million dollars for a study that might put some alternatives on the table,” said Hasan Ikhrata, executive director of the Southern California Association of Governments. “This project could be a benefit for the whole region.”

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, https://www.latimes.com/

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