Long Beach is also a city that bills itself as an alternative to other parts of L.A. County and neighboring Orange County.
Long Beach prides itself for having a transit system that 90 percent of the customers rate as good to excellent.
Thomas Mitchell, 64, pleaded guilty to a scheme that cheated retired transit operators by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority out of an estimated $7 million.
If the trial testing goes well, officials say pending any setbacks a target date has been set for Nov. 15 for most of the 8.6 mile alignment.
The pitch from local transit leaders couldn’t come at a worse time as Washington grapples with a mounting tide of red ink.
A high number of deaths and accidents along a light rail line in Los Angeles County has prompted officials to go on the defense.