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Report: Converting Metro's Orange Line to rail could cost $1.7 billion
Report: Converting Metro's Orange Line to rail could cost $1.7 billion

Converting the San Fernando Valley's dedicated busway to light rail would cost well over $1 billion, but may become necessary if ridership along the route continues to grow, according to a new analysis. Building a light-rail line along the 18-mile Orange Line busway between Chatsworth and North Hollywood, including laying track and buying trains, would cost $1.2 billion to $1.7 billion and would take two to three years to complete, according to a report prepared for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and reviewed by The Times.  Metro's board of directors will review the analysis...

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