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Officials Push to Extend Metro Through West Hollywood Before 2028 Olympics

Morning commuters at the Seventh Street/Metro Center station in downtown Los Angeles in this file photo. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

Morning commuters at the Seventh Street/Metro Center station in downtown Los Angeles in this file photo. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s passenger rail system stretches deep into the corners of Los Angeles County, drawing commuters to downtown from Long Beach, Azusa, North Hollywood and Santa Monica.

But only a handful of the Metro system’s 93 stations intersect with a second line, a design that often forces riders to travel miles out of the way to change trains.

A rail extension Metro is planning through Hollywood, Beverly Grove and West Hollywood would address that problem, serving as a north-south spine through central L.A. and creating transfer points with three other rail lines.

But the line is not slated to open for another three decades. Citing the line’s high ridership numbers, West Hollywood officials and transit advocates are pushing to speed the project’s construction, aiming instead for a ribbon-cutting before the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.