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Downtown Streetcar – 2014
Though route is not yet finalized, it would connect Staples Center and Bunker Hill

Price could approach $100 million

Funding not assured but City Council has approved $5 million in future funding for the project

Construction could begin in 2012

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LOS ANGELES (March 2, 2011) — An award of $50,000 to Los Angeles Streetcar, Inc., from the David Bohnett Foundation could help spur over a billion dollars in local economic development and create 9,300 new jobs.

The funds awarded will help with the nascent non-profit’s operational costs, as well as the promotional efforts of its Downtown L.A. Streetcar Project, an initiative to help the city revitalize its metropolitan core and transition to more sustainable transportation.


Metro Rail is the rapid transit rail system serving Los Angeles County, California. It is owned and operated by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro). Since opening in 1990, the network now comprises five lines, including two heavy rail subway lines and three light rail lines. Altogether, these lines total 79.1 miles (127.3 km) of rail, 70 stations, and over 350,000 daily weekday boardings as of September 2010

The Metro Rail system is the indirect descendant of the Pacific Electric Red Car and Los Angeles Railway Yellow Car lines, which operated in the area from the early to middle twentieth century.