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Eye On Olympics, Los Angeles Proposes Sped-Up Rail Building

LOS ANGELES (AP) — With the 2024 Summer Olympics in mind, public transit leaders in Los Angeles County want to speed up ongoing expansions of light rail and subway service.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has asked for federal help to fast track connections to the city's international airport and west side.

Current timetables wouldn't see the projects completed until 2028 for LAX and 2036 for the subway to the University of California, Los Angeles.

LA Metro CEO Phillip Washington called the proposed timetable "extremely aggressive" in a letter asking to join a Federal Transit Administration program that would accelerate federal money to the projects.

The subway would increase access to UCLA, where organizers of LA's bid hope to stage some competitions. International organizers are expected to decide on the host city in 2017.

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