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Brown signs bill lifting ban against light-rail in San Fernando Valley
Brown signs bill lifting ban against light-rail in San Fernando Valley

For the first time in more than two decades, Los Angeles transportation officials can legally discuss building a light-rail line through a southern swath of the San Fernando Valley. Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Thursday that will allow the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority to convert the Metro Orange Line to light-rail. Brown's signature reverses a 1991 law that banned above-ground rail through North Hollywood and Van Nuys.  Transit advocates said reversing the so-called Robbins Bill, authored by then-state Sen. Alan Robbins (D-Tarzana), is a needed step for the Valley, which is home to just two of Los Angeles County's 80 commuter rail stations. But Metro...

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