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Enviro group drops suit, Metrolink's Riverside rail extension project to go ahead

File: A conductor steps down from the engine of a Metrolink train on Sept. 15, 2008 in Chatsworth.
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A conductor steps down from the engine of a Metrolink train on Sept. 15, 2008 in Chatsworth.

An environmental group in Riverside County has reached a settlement and dropped its lawsuit challenging a multimillion-dollar commuter rail project, removing an obstacle to completion of the 24-mile commuter rail extension from Riverside to the city of Perris — called the Perris Valley Line. 

The Riverside Press-Enterprise reported that the environmental group, Friends of Riverside's Hills, agreed to drop its legal fight in exchange for $3 million in concessions:  

The group had opposed the plan to build a Riverside-to-Perris extension of the Metrolink regional train system.

The money will pay for noise-reduction methods and bike and hiking trails.

The $237 million rail extension is part of the Metrolink regional train system.