WASHINGTON - Southern California lawmakers urged Congress yesterday to approve legislation to allow tax-exempt financing for the Alameda Corridor, a planned $1.8 billion rail and truck line that would speed cargo transport through a congested area near the Port of Los Angeles.

The Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority has been able to raise only $1.2 billion of the funds needed for the project and "desperately needs authority to issue tax-exempt bonds," said Rep. Walter R. Tucker, D-Calif., in testimony before a House Ways and Means subcommittee.

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