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The Boring Co. has big ambitions to dramatically change Los Angeles’ nearly nonexistent transit network—but that objective may prove to be more dream than reality. The company had announced plans to build a transit line along the 405 Freeway, but scrapped the idea last month after a CEQA lawsuit came forward. While Boring publically said that it wanted to focus on its Dodger “Dugout Loop transit line project, CEQA lawsuits and challenges could be an ongoing obstacle for the tech and development company.

“As I understand it, the Boring Co. hasn’t scrapped the project altogether. It has scrapped one of the originally proposed locations for the project,” Kristina Lawson, partner at Hanson Bridgett, tells GlobeSt.com about the project. “While CEQA may have been one of the reasons the project isn’t moving forward in this location, there were likely cost and infrastructure concerns as well.”

The firm could potential struggle with CEQA lawsuits because it is deferring CEQA analysis while it tests the project. “Under CEQA, a project must be evaluated for potentially significant impacts at the earliest possible time,” she explains. “The Boring Co.’s “test” project had been exempted from CEQA by the lead agency, with full analysis under CEQA deferred to a future time.  This type of deferral of analysis can be problematic. Ultimately, a comprehensive CEQA review will determine whether or not there are any impacts that need to be mitigated.”

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on GlobeSt.com and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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