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Los Angeles Voters Approve $120 Billion Transit Overhaul with Eyes on Olympics

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Los Angeles County voters recently approved $120 billion in public transit improvements, including upgrades to the Metro rail system. Photo: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles County voters approved a transformative $120 billion transit overhaul which will deliver new rail lines, bus services and highway improvements, highlighting the implications of the largest mass transit upgrade program in the United States for fast, convenient and well-connected transport options in 2024.

Journey times from the Olympic family hotels within the LA 2024 Downtown Sports Park to the beach volleyball venue on Santa Monica Beach or the Olympic Village at UCLA, for example, would be just 25 minutes. And while LA 2024 will benefit from the new development, all transport infrastructure upgrades are planned and funded independently of the Olympic bid.

Said Mayor Eric Garcetti said, “Seventy percent of this county said we are sick and tired of traffic and we’re going to do something about it. The car capital of the world will soon be home to a transit system that is the envy of the world.”

This story first appeared in the blog, The Sport Intern. The editor is Karl-Heinz Huba of Lorsch, Germany. He can be reached at ISMG@aol.com. The article is reprinted here with permission of Huba.

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