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Beverly Hills Unified sues to block subway funding

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Beverly Hills Unified School District is suing U.S. transportation authorities in a bid to block $2 billion in federal funding for a planned subway route that would run under the city's high school.

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles on Thursday against the Federal Transit Administration and transportation officials.

The lawsuit claims federal officials didn't know about serious seismic and methane-gas risks when approving a central Century City location for a stop along the $5.6 billion Westside Subway Extension.

The suit requests new environmental studies because tunneling to that location would create hazards for Beverly Hills High School.

An FTA spokeswoman did not immediately return in a phone call for comment.

The district filed a previous lawsuit against the Los Angeles County Transportation Authority.

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