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In a major step toward creating a light rail line to connect Culver City with downtown, yesterday the MTA approved $640 million to fully fund the project. We don't quite get all the back and forth about money contributed by state, federal and municipal governments, but the gist is that an above-ground rail line may extend from downtown's 7th street subway station to the intersection of Washington and National as early as 2010. After that, the MTA has its eye on Santa Monica. Westward ho!