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California Briefing / L.a. County

MTA delays vote on spending plan

July 24, 2009|Dan Weikel

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority board Thursday postponed a decision on whether to approve a $271-billion spending plan for the next 30 years that will emphasize the development of mass transit but still provide substantial funding for highway projects.

Board members said they delayed consideration of the MTA's long-range transportation plan because more time was needed to firm up funding and construction schedules for proposed highway projects -- a desire expressed by 75 of the county's 88 cities.

In other action, the board voted to support the California high-speed rail project and the line's first segment, which would connect L.A. with Anaheim. The decision now makes the MTA a partner in a broad-based coalition of government agencies committed to building an 800-mile network of train lines.

-- Dan Weikel

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