The western segment of the Santa Monica Boulevard right of way is about to get a face lift.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Ed Edelman and Los Angeles City Council members Ruth Galanter and Zev Yaroslavsky were on hand Wednesday to kick off the beautification project for the railroad right of way.
Members of the California Conservation Corps will spruce up the area between the San Diego Freeway and Century City by clearing away weeds and garbage and keeping it clean.
The right of way was acquired by the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission last year. Plans are to use it first as a demonstration project for alternative fuel vehicles or a bikeway and eventually for a trolley or light rail line.
The federal Transit Administration and the federal Highway Administration have committed $24 million for a demonstration project.