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NEW PLAN FOR METRO RED LINE TO NORTH HOLLYWOOD ADVANCES CONSTRUCTION, OPENING DATE

 NEW PLAN FOR METRO RED LINE TO NORTH HOLLYWOOD
 ADVANCES CONSTRUCTION, OPENING DATE
 LOS ANGELES, Nov. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- A new plan for the North Hollywood leg of the Metro Red Line Segment 3 will allow for a faster start of construction and an earlier opening of the 6.3-mile subway.
 The Rail Construction Corp. (RCC), the building subsidiary of the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission (LACTC), will begin work in North Hollywood and Universal City next summer with a target opening date for the year 2000. Previous plans called for tunneling to begin at the Segment 2 terminus at Hollywood and Vine, with a 2001 opening. The switch in starting points was due to property that has already been acquired above Universal City for the Red Line project, as well as early design work conducted concurrently with Segment 1 design.
 "I'm very pleased that the San Fernando Valley will be served at an earlier date by this method of construction," said Nick Patsaouras, LACTC commissioner.
 Segment 3 would complete the 22.7-mile Metro Red Line, considered the "spine" of the 400-mile rail transit system. Two other branches of Segment 3 will extend from Union Station into east Los Angeles and from a Wilshire/Western station to the mid-city. Segment 1 from Union Station to MacArthur Park will open in early 1993. Segment 2 is now under construction along Wilshire Boulevard; work soon begins along the Vermont and Hollywood routes.
 The new schedule was presented to the LACTC's Planning and Mobility Committee and will be formally presented to the commission early next year.
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 /CONTACT: Roberta Tinajero, 213-244-6565, or Stephanie Brady, 213-244-6792, both of LACTC/ CO: Los Angeles County Transportation Commission; Rail Construction
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