MTA Agrees to Move Storage Site for Tracks

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has agreed to abandon plans to store quarter-mile lengths of subway tracks near the Hollywood Freeway in North Hollywood, said County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, who helped arrange the deal.

The plan to put the tracks--meant for the North Hollywood line of the Red Line subway--in a residential neighborhood had drawn the wrath of homeowners, who protested that the site would ugly and dangerous.

The rails will now be stored on a site at Tujunga Avenue and Chandler Boulevard.

"The irony is that the whole maneuver saves money," Yaroslavsky said. "Because they no longer have to build two 16-foot high walls to contain the rails."

The right of way between the Hollywood Freeway and Colfax Avenue, where the rails were to have been stored, will now be landscaped, he said.

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