LA's train network grows; airport still not on map

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Updated: 1/21/2014 6:30 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Trains are busting out all over the city that long ago crowned the car king.

On Tuesday, politicians and transportation planners gathered in Los Angeles to break ground on a $2.1 billion project that will bring light rail to some of the sprawling city's poorest neighborhoods for the first time since streetcars disappeared in the 1950s.

The 8.5 miles of new track are projected to open in 2019.

What the new line won't do is connect the region's expanding transit network to Los Angeles International Airport.

The closest new station will leave riders about a mile from passenger terminals.

From there, they would board a yet-to-be-designed — or approved — people mover.

The Crenshaw/LAX Project is the third active rail expansion overseen by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

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