LOS ANGELES COUNTY : Officials Lobby Congress for Metro Rail Funding

With growing confidence that the federal government will increase support for Metro Rail, Los Angeles County officials Thursday lobbied a House subcommittee in Washington for $190 million to propel construction of the system into the San Fernando Valley, East Los Angeles and the Mid-City area.

The proponents made their case one day after they learned that the Clinton Administration's budget proposal for the 1994 fiscal year requests $232 million for Metro Rail--substantially more than they are seeking.

"We have an Administration that is instinctively more sympathetic to urban areas than the Reagan or Bush administrations were, which means that transit automatically goes up," said Franklin E. White, chief executive officer of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Los Angeles officials said the higher funding level would bolster their case in Congress.

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