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Parking fee hike urged to fund rail

April 30, 2008|David Zahniser

Councilman Bill Rosendahl called Tuesday for a $2 hike in fees at public parking lots near Los Angeles International Airport to help fund an extension of the Metro Green Line.

Rosendahl, whose district includes Westchester and LAX, introduced a motion asking city officials to develop a plan to extend the light-rail line to Parking Lot C, just north of the airport. Under the proposal, the city would issue bonds to pay for the light-rail extension, then pay back the debt using proceeds from the higher parking fees.

The Metro Green Line now comes within a mile of the airport, then heads south to Redondo Beach.

Rosendahl's plan must be reviewed by the council's Budget and Finance Committee, along with its Transportation Committee, before coming up for a full council vote.

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