L.A. spending billions on major road, rail and bus projects

Los Angeles is abuzz with construction activity. The city's $185 million Orange Line busway extension opens in June; the first phase of a $930 million light-rail Expo Line will be finished this summer, and a $1.5 billion second phase is being built. A $1.37 billion, 1.9-mile regional connector and a $5.6 billion Westside subway extension were recently approved. "These projects are transforming not just our transportation system but what this city and this region look like, [with places] connected to each other -- and not just through the single passenger automobile," said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

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