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APR 2018

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TBM: TUNNEL BUSINESS MAGAZINE // APRIL 2018 C O V E R S T O RY T here are certain iconic images conjured up when one thinks about the Los Angeles area: the sun, the surf pier, the Hollywood sign, to name a few. Unfortunately, there is another image that many Angelenos would rather for- get: clogged highways. For the sixth year in a row, Los Ange- les has been named the country's most congested city, according to U & World Report. In fact, the publica- tion had Los Angeles ranked as the most congested city in the world. However, Los Angeles residents have taken matters into the own hands to re- duce congestion by voting to create a ro- bust county-wide transportation network. Voters have overwhelmingly thrown their support behind transportation proje e R (2008, (2016, $120 billion in funding based on the first 40 years of project; it has no sunset) – sales tax increases to help pay for transportation projects. e in fact, passed with 71.15 percent sup- port. Improving the transportation net- work took on even more significance in September when the International Olympic Committee awarded the 2028 Summer Olympics to Los Angeles, which will host the games for a third time. over all sorts of transportation projects, from highways, road and bridge improvements to ex- panded bus services and improved sig- naling – even cycling infrastructure, aka active transportation. Integral to that strategy is building out rail service. ON THE RIGHT TRACK The L opoli- tan Transportation Au o) began offering transit rail services with the opening of the Blue Line in 1990. In o opened the first segment of the Red Line, which now connects Union Sta od. The Red Line was extended twice, with the most recent segment opening in 2000. Following construction of the Red Line, o commissioned the Green Line (1995), Pasadena Gold Line (2003), East- side Gold Line (2009), Expo Line (2012) and the Gold Line Extension to Azusa and Exp os Angeles inter-connects its rail system with a network of busses to provide transportation across the metro area. With the passage e R in 2008, the agency began construction on its current wave of expansion, which in- cludes three major projects that include underground construction and tunnel- ing: Crenshaw/LAX, Regional Connec- tor and the Purple Line Extension. "This is a continuous process; we are incrementally building up our overall network," said Bryan Pennington, Dep- uty Chief Progr f- ficer f o, the agency responsible for the work. "These three projects are part of the process of putting the pieces of the transportation jigsaw puzzle to- gether as we connect our network with key venues." LEFT: The Regional Connector will provide a vital link in downtown LA. RIGHT: Crews prepare for a breakthrough on the Crenshaw/LAX project. The line is expected to begin revenue service in fall 2019.

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