LA gets $670M to link downtown trains underground

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Updated: 2/20/2014 10:15 am

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The light rail transit system in Los Angeles is getting $670 million to solve one of its most vexing problems.

Right now, train riders who want to travel from one side of downtown and out the other must transfer twice.

On Thursday, federal officials are announcing they will give half of the money needed to complete a $1.4 billion project that will let passengers pass under downtown without leaving their seats.

The project will connect three existing light rail lines with a new tunnel and three new stations.

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority says that with federal money secured, major construction should begin later this year. If all goes well, the project would open in 2020.

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