Local News in Brief : Rail Route Study Ordered

The Los Angeles County Transportation Commission has selected a firm to prepare a "route-refinement" study for a proposed light-rail line from Torrance to El Segundo.

The study--which is preliminary to a full environmental impact report--will explore possible routes for the line and determine the major concerns of cities that would be affected. South Bay cities are being asked to contribute $70,000 to pay for the study by Bechtel Civil Inc., a division of Bechtel Group.

Bechtel also was chosen to prepare an environmental impact report for a light-rail line from El Segundo to Marina del Rey. That study could take up to a year to complete.

Citing mounting traffic problems, a number of South Bay political and business leaders earlier had unsuccessfully urged commissioners to allocate funds for an environmental impact report on the Torrance-El Segundo line.

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