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L.A.'s not-quite 'subway to the sea' finally breaks ground
L.A.'s not-quite 'subway to the sea' finally breaks ground

More than 30 years ago, officials promised that Los Angeles' first modern subway would cut through the congested and heavily populated Wilshire Corridor connecting downtown to the city's coastal suburbs. Now, after decades of delay over safety and environmental concerns, court battles and congressional debate, construction is finally beginning on the first phase of what former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa promoted as the "Subway to the Sea." But the multibillion-dollar Purple Line extension celebrated by political leaders at a Friday groundbreaking won't fully deliver on past promises. The line will most likely end at the Veterans Administration hospital in...