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The MTA board voted last week to take a very tentative step towards possibly considering that they may want to build a Red Line extension sometime in the not very near future.

Transit advocates are stoked.

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The flat-earthers at the Daily News editorial board are bummed.

Tom LaBonge has further burnished his bona fides for a 2009 mayoral run.

And maybe, just maybe, within a decade or two, Angelenos will be able to take the subway to the Westside.

In Other Transit News:

- SFV transit advocates are skeptical of proposed bus route changes that would radically change Valley service by reducing east-west routes in favor of north-south service. The changes, aimed at offering better Valley-wide access to the Orange Line Busway, will be the subject of today's public meeting of the MTA's San Fernando Valley Governance Council.

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Could this be the issue that brings the BRU and transit advocates together in the service of a great common cause? Probably not.

- Fans of plop art take note: the MTA has added six new "artworks" to rail stations across the system.

For those who are interested, the MTA "art" program uses a .5% set-aside of construction funds to commission station "art". Since the FY '04 construction budget was $125 million, the MTA spent roughly $625,000 on these particular works of "art". We're sure they're worth every penny.