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SUBWAY-TO-THE-SEA MEETING TONIGHT.

Byline: Daily News

Looking to build community support for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's vision of a "subway to the sea," a nonprofit transit group will hold the first in a series of outreach meetings tonight.

The meeting hosted by Southern California Transit Advocates will be 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Westwood Presbyterian Church, 10822 Wilshire Blvd.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority doesn't yet have definitive plans to extend the Purple Line, although Villaraigosa has expressed a desire for the subway to run from mid-Wilshire to Santa Monica.

His office contacted Transit Advocates last summer and asked the group to help build community support for the project, said Kymberleigh Richards, public and legislative affairs director of the Los Angeles-based nonprofit.

Using a $4,000 grant from the American Public Transportation Association, the nonprofit will host additional meetings in Hancock Park, the Miracle Mile, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica, plus an informational meeting this fall at UCLA. Dates aren't yet scheduled.

The grant allows the group to teach residents about advocacy and public lobbying for public transit.

The Purple Line begins at Union Station and terminates at Wilshire Boulevard and Western Avenue.
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Date:May 22, 2007
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