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Wilshire Subway Takes Another Step Today

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Today in the House Committee on Appropriations, a transportation funding bill for Fiscal year 2008 was voted on and passed. It included our Purple Line, the subway that is planned and dreamed on for Wilshire Blvd. Unfortunately, it appears that the bill will not fund the project, but rather does something else of bureaucratic importance: it repeals language written in 1986 by Congress to ban subway tunneling along Wilshire.

"Metro is deeply appreciative of Congressman Waxman’s efforts to include this language reversing the subway tunneling ban in the House version of the transportation funding bill," Santa Monica Councilwoman and Metro Boad Chair, Pam O'Connor, said today in a statement. "We look forward to having this provision included in the final transportation funding bill that is signed into law later this year."

The Senate Appropriations Committee is expected to consider its transportation spending bill for Fiscal year 2008 tomorrow.

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