The article discusses the problems and prospects of the Los Angeles metro, now under construction despite opposition by many environmentally conscious local inhabitants and by an often critical local press. Legal actions have been taken in connection with a sinkhole problem in Hollywood Boulevard and settlements of up to 230mm on that road caused by tunnelling. Local protests led to expensive modifications having to be made to the contract for drilling a deep tunnel through the hard rock under the Santa Monica mountains and under parts of Hollywood. An additional problem was caused by the need to widen part of the tunnel, to anticipate a possible seismic movement of a thrust fault running across the tunnel. Work has just begun on the twin tunnels, which will link Los Angeles to the San Fernando Valley. Another section of tunnel is being built through soft ground. The current end-of-line station at North Hollywood is being constructed. A major rail construction project is also in progress along the Alameda Corridor, which runs to central Los Angeles from the port complex of Long Beach and the Port of Los Angeles. It will reroute the current rail freight routes, which cause immense disruption to local road traffic. The article includes a route map of the Los Angeles metro and railways.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Thomas Telford Limited

    London,   United Kingdom 
  • Publication Date: 1996-6


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00729227
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Dec 12 1996 12:00AM