[PHOTOS] Expo Rail Making Its way to Santa Monica

In case you doubted the veracity of a mass public transit system operating in Santa Monica, here are some pictures to prove it.

Work to extend Expo Light Rail tracks from the line's current terminus to downtown Santa Monica is chugging along and remains on track for a 2015 completion date, said Expo Authority spokeswoman Gabriela Collins.

Pending successful inspections and testing, the train will open to riders in 2016.

The $1.5 billion, 6.6 mile corridor from Culver City to Fourth Street and Colorado Avenue in Santa Monica will include seven new stations. About 64,000 riders are estimated to ride from its starting point in downtown Los Angeles to just near Santa Monica Beach by 2030.

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After opening two new stations in June at Jefferson/La Cienega and Culver City, the new Expo Line, which reported 11,347 boarding in its May start-up reports, surpassed 20,000 boardings in September.

The California Supreme Court agreed this summer to review a suit filed by a group of Westside residents, Residents for Smart Rail, who have argued the Expo Authority didn't properly review the trains' impact on neighborhoods, including on traffic and parking.

Expo line fan Dwight B Sturtevant sent in the images above. To see more of his pictures, check out his Flickr page, which he updates almost weekly.

Brenda Barnes October 20, 2012 at 07:29 PM
It makes no sense to continue working on grade-level crossings, when that is the problem the California Supreme Court is reviewing. Not taking into account environmental effects of stopping traffic at each crossing 26 times an hour is ludicrous, but typical of Santa Monica (like Los Angeles), from what we have seen in the Village Trailer Park attempted closure case. In the VTP case, soil that is "high danger" for liquefaction was not tested for three EIRs, even when we pointed out the fact of no soil testing each time. Wasting a large part of the $1.5 billion cost of extending the line from Culver City to Santa Monica, which the article refers to, building crossings that will have to be rebuilt if the suit is successful, is so typical of poor governmental planning. Instead Expo should be thinking, why would the suit not be successful, since the Court took it? Why would it take it to just affirm the Court of Appeal? Expo should also be thinking how wrong its procedures were from the public's point of view, regardless of the case, so instead of continuing with plans based on such work, some contingency plans, at least, should be drawn up. What Expo did in the EIR was review how conditions will be, they estimate, in 2030, not how they were at the time the EIR was done. How could that possibly be correct? The most amazing thing about the case is Expo won at the Superior Court and the Court of Appeal levels, with such shoddy work.


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