The Red Line subway could be extended from Koreatown to the Pacific Ocean in as few as 10 years, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's chief planner said Wednesday.
But the likelihood that a 13-mile extension would be built so fast is slim, she conceded.
"Would you bet your job on it?" Los Angeles County Supervisor and MTA board member Zev Yaroslavsky asked planner Carol Inge after hearing her offer the speedy scenario.
Laughing, Inge said: "No."
After years of being all but dead politically, the idea of expanding the L.A. subway system has become popular again with some officials and transit advocates.
Los Angeles Mayor and MTA Chairman Antonio Villaraigosa spearheaded a study concluding that tunneling through the Miracle Mile district would be safe. The finding eased fears that subway construction could cause underground methane gas to explode and prompted Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Los Angeles) to propose legislation that would lift a ban on using federal funds for expanding the subway.