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Oh, The Places We Will Go

Mayor Villaraigosa has been in DC as of late trying to secure the necessary funding for the completion of the much hyped "Subway to the Sea" a.k.a. the extension of the Red Line to Santa Monica. Unfortunately, he's meeting some opposition. Actually, opposition in the form of competition. Seems that Southland legislators from communities like San Dimas and Venice want their own colored lines drawn on the map first. From the Times:

Rep. Jane Harman (D-Venice) is trying to bring the Green Line through her district to connect Los Angeles International Airport to the region's light-rail system.

At the same time, Rep. David Dreier (R-San Dimas), who chairs the House Rules Committee, continues to push for his favored project: an expansion of the northern end of the Gold Line farther into the San Gabriel Valley.

In other news, the Orange Line appears to be doing boffo business which has Valleyites wagging their tongues in anticipation of an even lengthier busway to Chatsworth. Imagine being able to travel all the way from North Hollywood to Chatsworth on a futuristic looking bus that barely breaks the speed limit. It boggles the mind. We're completely boggled.
· Competing Maps for L.A. Transit [LA Times]
· MTA leaders bullish on Valley's busway [LA Daily News]