LOS ANGELES -- Four California cities located along the proposed 20-mile Alameda Corridor rail right-of-way want a mediator to resolve a dispute with the Port of Long Beach relating to the $1.84 billion corridor, a spokesman for the cities said yesterday.

The cities' desire to seek outside mediation follows a surprise announcement by the port last Thursday that it was immediately suspending its participation in the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority because of a lawsuit filed by the four cities.

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