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Metro picks Skanska venture to build first phase of Westside subway
Metro picks Skanska venture to build first phase of Westside subway

Three construction firms with what officials called a track record of success on Los Angeles County transit projects should build the first phase of the Westside subway, officials said Thursday, despite complaints from a competing bidder that it could do the job for nearly $200 million less. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority board voted 9 to 3 to award the $1.6-billion Purple Line extension contract to a joint venture led by Skanska USA, citing the firm's experience in local transit — including building three other Metro rail projects — and its ambitious schedule that calls for finishing the project 10 months early. But some elected officials balked at the...

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