Blogger has finally exorcised museums from the brain and is now ready to move on to another subject-The Summer Olympics. The City of Los Angeles has officially become the American bidder to host the 2024 Summer Olympic Games. For the lucky winner, hosting an Olympic Games is a symbol of prestige. Los Angeles has hosted a Summer Olympics twice-in 1932 and 1984. Now, Los Angeles is in the running to host the 2024 Olympics. One of the byproducts of getting an olympic games is that it forces a city to upgrade its transportation system.
Moving visitors from one event venue to another, quickly and efficiently, is absolutely crucial to a successful Winter or Summer Olympics. The tantalizing possibility of hosting a third olympic games has motivated Los Angeles County transportation official to try to fast-track two of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority highly anticipated projects. Laura J. Nelson writes in a shot piece in the Los Angeles Times, "Eyeing L.A.'s Olympic bid, Metro seeks to accelerate two rail projects," about efforts to accelerate the Purple Line subway extension and the LAX (Los Angeles International Airport) train station and people mover.
|Purple Line extension map|
With federal approval, Metro would pursue an extremely aggressive timeline to complete the Purple Line subway extension and LAX train station and people-mover by 2024, according to Metro Chief Executive Phillip Washington. Ms. Johnson writes, "The $2.3-billion will connect downtown with West Los Angeles." Construction on the subway extension is planned in phases: "...first, from its current terminus in Koreatown to Mid-Wilshire, slated for 2024; then, to Century City in 2025; and finally to the Department of Veterans Affairs' campus in West L.A. in 2036."
|Rendering of the LAX Train Station and People-Mover|
|Boston 2024 logo|
Passenger service for the Purple Line is scheduled to begin on May 31, 2024, according to the draft schedule accompanying the letter from the Metro to the Times. Laura Nelson writes, "The Los Angeles bid proposes an Olympic start date six weeks later." Metro is anticipating funding for the third phase of the Purple Line from a $1-billion federal grant and $525 million from local taxpayer revenue, according to the letter from Metro.
|The Opening Ceremony of the 1984 Summer Olympics|
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|Fireworks from the Closing Ceremony of the 1984 Summer Olympics|
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