LOS ANGELES : U.S. Funding Nears for Downtown Transit Center

A congressional conference committee has allocated $12.75 million for a transit center at Union Station, clearing the last major hurdle for construction of the multi-modal bus-train-subway facility to begin in January.

Called the Gateway Transit Center, the facility next to Union Station downtown will let commuters transfer to the El Monte busway and Amtrak intercity trains, as well as Metrolink commuter trains scheduled to start next month and the Metro Red Line subway scheduled to open next year.

The federal allocation, which must by ratified by both houses of Congress and approved by President Bush, will be matched by $14.5 million in local funds, primarily from a half-cent transit related sales tax surcharge approved by voters in 1990.

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