Feds give $75M for commuter rail line east of LA

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PERRIS, Calif. (AP) – The U.S. Department of Transportation has committed $75 million to extend of Southern California’s largest commuter rail network.

The Federal Transit Administration announced Monday it is shelling out the money to help connect the inland cities of Riverside and Perris with a 24-mile line.

The $248 million project is scheduled for completion in about two years. It includes track work and the construction of four new stations.

A spokesman for the Metrolink commuter train system says the new line will be the first major extension on the network since the mid-1990s.

Federal transportation officials say they already gave about $63 million to the project, and that the remaining costs will be paid from state and local sources.

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