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State Cuts Orange Line Extension Funds, Measure R Saves the Day
Although the state said they would give $14.7 million in funding for the Orange Line extension in the West Valley, they've balked, forcing Metro to either delay the project or use their own money in the meantime. Last Thursday, the latter was chosen, in hope the state will honor the money in the future.
In a 7 to 0 vote, the Metro Board approved using funds from Measure R, the voter-approved sales tax hike for public transit projects," reported the Daily News on Friday. The extension, scheduled to open in 2012, gives the Orange Line a north-south corridor between the Canoga Station and the Chatsworth Metrolink Station with three stops in between: Sherman Way, Roscoe Boulevard, Nordhoff Street.
"I'm not completely sure whether or not it's going to be as high of potential ridership as people think because our existing local lines between the Chatsworth Metrolink station and Warner Center don't have that high of a ridership," Kymberleigh Richards, the public and legislative affairs director for Southern California Transit Advocates, told the Daily News. "But at the same time ... it does create some connectivity between three of our highest ridership east-west streets - Sherman Way, Roscoe and Nordhoff. That's not a bad thing."
Metro is currently facing a $279 million deficit and will be considering cuts to bus and rail service in addition to increasing fares from $1.25 to $1.50.
Southern California's Snow-Capped Mountains Are Beautiful. Here's Where To Maximize The View (And Snap A Great Picture)It's been many, many years since we saw this much snow in our mountains. Going up there right now isn't safe, but here are some places where you can enjoy the view and snap a pic.
April Valentine died at Centinela Hospital. Her daughter was born by emergency C-section. She'd gone into the pregnancy with a plan, knowing Black mothers like herself were at higher risk.
A look at years past when snows creeped into our citified neighborhoods, away from the mountains and foothills.
In the face of a drier future, that iconic piece of Americana is on its way out in Southern California.
Another Missing Hiker Has Been Found Dead In San Gabriels As Search For Actor Julian Sands ContinuesBob Gregory, 62, went missing the same day as Sands. His body was recovered near Mount Islip.