Los Angeles transportation officials are starting over with a new set of contractors, a $1.5 billion budget and an even bigger contingency fund for phase two of the Expo Line project. Phase one's construction schedule was repeatedly delayed and went over budget, costing about $932 million compared with the original estimate of $640 million. "We're off to a great start, we're incorporating a lot of lessons learned," said Rick Thorpe, executive director of the project's construction authority. The second phase is expected to become operational by 2015.

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