LA Metro Gets Win In Challenge To $1.7B Light Rail

By Daniel Langhorne (September 23, 2015, 10:04 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Wednesday upheld the legitimacy of Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's environmental impact review for a $1.7 billion light rail project, rejecting most claims in a non-profit lawsuit claiming the agency failed to adequately consider separating rail from vehicle traffic.

U.S. District Court Judge Fernando M. Olguin was not convinced by plaintiff Crenshaw Subway Coalition's arguments on that the project would have a discriminatory impact by dividing a historically African-American neighborhood, hurt adjacent business during its construction and endanger public safety.

In his 70-page order, Olguin dismissed multiple claims raised by the plaintiff, holding that it...

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