Local News in Brief : Traffic Study Planned

The Southern California Assn. of Governments on Monday began a $500,000, 18-month study of traffic problems in a wide area northeast of downtown Los Angeles.

Announcing the study, Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alatorre said he hoped that it would show the need for new forms of mass transportation, such as a light-rail line. Preliminary findings, Alatorre said, could help qualify the area for light-rail funds that became available last week when the Los Angeles Transportation Commission voted to discontinue study of a light-rail line in the San Fernando Valley.

The study, funded by the Urban Mass Transit Administration, will cover the communities of East Los Angeles, Boyle Heights, Lincoln Heights, El Sereno, Highland Park and Eagle Rock, as well as western Pasadena and the cities of South Pasadena, Alhambra and Monterey Park.

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