Two of the largest public transit projects planned as part of Los Angeles’ effort to create a comprehensive rail system traversing Los Angeles County got the nod in President Obama’s budget.

The budget earmarked $50 million from the New Starts program to the Westside Subway project, which would connect Westwood to the Red Line that runs from Hollywood to downtown Los Angeles, and $31 million to the regional connector, which would provide a downtown hub for existing lines. It would be a base point for funding the potentially expensive projects, assuming Congress even approves the appropriations.

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