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SUPERIOR COURT UPHOLDS MID-CITY METRO RAIL EXTENSION

 LOS ANGELES, April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Superior Court Judge Eric C. Younger on Wednesday upheld the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's contention that the planning for the Metro Rail extension from Wilshire/Western to Pico/San Vicente fully complied with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). A lawsuit had alleged that the environmental planning, documentation and public review process was incomplete.
 The court declined to issue an order interfering with future progress of the project.
 "The court's decision to allow the Metro Red Line to proceed to Pico/San Vicente is welcome news to the mid-city communities," said Rep. Julian C. Dixon, D-Calif., a strong supporter of the Metro Rail project. "This decision allows the MTA to continue development of the Pico/San Vicente and Olympic/Crenshaw station sites to help revitalize the neighborhoods surrounding the new stations. And it opens the door to begin planning of another extension west to Westwood."
 "The MTA is pleased with the court's decision that we have fully complied with CEQA requirements in our documentation and environmental review," said MTA Executive Director Franklin White.
 The mid-city extension, which is part of the MTA's proposed 400-mile rail program, will reach the Pico/San Vicente terminus by the year 2001.
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 /CONTACT: Michael Bustamante, 213-244-6591, or Stephanie Brady, 213-244-6792, both of the MTA Transportation News Bureau/


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