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House Transportation chief to LA: Build light rail to LAX... or else

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Angelenos aren’t the only ones griping about how difficult it is to get to and from L.A. International Airport on public transportation. On Thursday, the outgoing chairman of the powerful House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee made it clear that he’s not happy either.

At a hearing on high speed rail, Republican Congressman John Mica of Florida wanted to get something off his chest about a slower version of rail.  He asked El Segundo Democrat Janice Hahn to deliver a message to L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa: get light rail all the way to the airport – or else.

Hahn agreed, saying "the thought that people stop a mile short, try to get on a shuttle and get to the airport is the reason people aren’t taking public transportation."

Mica brought it up again later in the hearing, saying as outgoing Chairman, "I no longer will be able to stop all the projects until he gets that done. I‘ll just torpedo a few." 

The mayor’s office says Villaraigosa is committed to building a transit system all the way to the airport.

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