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HISTORIC AGREEMENT PROVIDES FOR NEW RED LINE CONSTRUCTION TO PROCEED EAST, WEST AND TO SAN FERNANDO VALLEY

 LOS ANGELES, May 14 /PRNewswire/ -- MTA Chairman Richard Alatorre and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Federico Pena today (Friday, May 14), signed an agreement totaling $1.4 billion to extend construction of Metro Red Line Segment 3 into East Los Angeles, the Mid-City area and the San Fernando Valley.
 The agreement, of which the largest chunk is $1.23 billion in start-up funding from the Federal Transit Administration, is a fundamental step toward starting construction on Segment 3 of the MTA Metro Red Line.
 Additional funding, to be sought under the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991, is expected to bring the total federal participation in Segment 3 to $1,396,400,000.
 The Red Line's first segment, a 4.4-mile stretch through downtown Los Angeles from Union Station to Westlake/MacArthur Park at Wilshire Boulevard and Alvarado Street, opened last Jan. 30.
 The second segment is currently under construction along Wilshire Boulevard to Western Avenue, and north under Vermont Avenue from Wilshire Boulevard to Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street.
 Segment 3 will consist of three extensions totaling approximately 11.6 miles of subway with at least seven stations: an extension from Union Station through East Los Angeles toward Atlantic Boulevard; an extension to Mid-City Los Angeles near the intersection of Pico and San Vicente boulevards, and an extension from Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street to a point near the intersection of Chandler and Lankershim boulevards in North Hollywood, in the San Fernando Valley.
 MTA Chairman Alatorre said: "The agreement to extend the Red Line subway to the East Side will mean more and better service for the transit-dependent population in the area. We are very enthusiastic about being able to extend the three segments simultaneously, including the Mid-City area and the San Fernando Valley sections."
 Pena noted: "The grant we are announcing today will build more than a subway. It will build a new foundation of hope and opportunity for this community."
 Pena added: "The money we spend on our transportation system should build communities up. And, that's exactly what this grant will do. The new Red Line will be an economic lifeline for East Los Angeles."
 Mayor Tom Bradley said: "The development of the Red Line system has come full circle with this funding agreement from the Federal Transit Administration. The third leg of Metro Red Line construction is the culmination of our commitment to rail transportation in Los Angeles."
 Bradley added: "The impact of this project is more than transportation-related. The infusion of federal funds for Red Line construction will boost the economic vitality of all Southern California."
 "With the signing of the Full Funding Agreement for the Metro Red Line, President Clinton has shown his commitment to equity in Federal resources. The Eastside will finally be included in the regional program for mass transportation and share in its benefits," said Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina.
 Under a schedule and financing plan developed by the MTA, Segment 3 would be completed by December 2000. The seven-year plan totaling $2.45 billion calls for simultaneous design and construction of the East Side, Mid-City and North Hollywood extensions.
 The main characteristics of each extension are:
 -- East Side Extension -- The alignment would run generally east from the Red Line terminus at Union Station to include a line of approximately three miles with at least two stations. Eight alignment alternatives are now under consideration, including segments on Brooklyn Avenue, First Street, Indiana Street, Whittier Boulevard and Atlantic Boulevard.
 The MTA is expected to select the locally preferred East Side alignment in June.
 -- Mid-City Extension -- The 2.3-mile alignment would continue west under Wilshire Boulevard from the Wilshire/Western Station. Just west of Norton Avenue, the line would turn south directly under Crenshaw Boulevard north of Eighth Street. The line would proceed under Crenshaw Boulevard, with a station at Olympic/Crenshaw until a point south of Country Club Drive, where the alignment would turn west. The line would come directly under Pico Boulevard east of Plymouth Boulevard and continue west to a terminal at the Pico/San Vicente station, where Rimpau Boulevard intersects Pico Boulevard.
 -- North Hollywood Branch -- The Red Line will be extended 6.3 miles from Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street to Chandler and Lankershim boulevards. Stations will be built at Hollywood/Highland, Universal City and North Hollywood. This segment passes beneath the Santa Monica Mountains and will connect the San Fernando Valley with the remainder of the Metro Red Line system. Twin tunnels will proceed north from the Hollywood/Highland Station beneath the mountains. A bus terminal and parking for approximately 850 automobiles will be built adjacent to the North Hollywood Station on Chandler Boulevard.
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 /CONTACT: Anthony Greno or Jim Smart of MTA News Bureau, 213-972-4400 or 213-244-7443/


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