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MTA Lawsuit Says Gold Line's Construction is Flawed

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A lawsuit filed yesterday by the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) against multiple contractors, including Kiewit, Washington Infrastructure Services, Inc., Parsons Corp., and more, who worked on the design and building of the Gold Line alleges that the work done was substandard and did not meet the obligations stipulated in their contracts.

According to, the lawsuit asks for "at least $25 million in damages and a court order requiring the contractors to fix the problems." The problems named in the suit "include deficient and inadequate storm water control and drainage, damaged and deteriorating materials, malfunctioning systems and 'dangerous, unsafe and hazardous conditions.'"

The MTA is currently in the middle of their $898 million dollar Gold Line extension, which adds 6 miles to the route, eight new stations (including two underground), tunnels in Boyle Heights, and a Park & Ride lot at Atlantic. The project is expected to open in late 2009. Let's hope the original 13.7 miles of the route don't crumble before then.

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