Small step for Wilshire subway
A U.S. Senate committee has approved the long-stalled bill that would allow subway tunneling under Wilshire Boulevard. But there are several other steps in the process, including full Senate approval and probably a conference committee. From Sen. Dianne Feinstein's office:
The Fiscal Year 2008 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development bill unanimously approved today by the Senate Appropriations Committee includes an amendment offered by U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein that would allow for subway tunneling in parts of Los Angeles. This could help provide much needed public transit to one of the most congested regions in the country. Specifically, the spending bill includes a provision to overturns a 1985 law that prohibited tunneling because of the potential for methane gas explosions. After the Los Angeles City Council passed a motion in support of reversing the laws banning tunneling in 2004 and the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority board voted to begin discussions of subway expansion in 2005, an independent scientific safety review determined that subway tunneling could move forward safely.