Big decision could delay Expo Line
A state authority is set to decide next week whether transportation planners have done enough to make the Expo Line safe as it passes two South Los Angeles schools.
Some residents and school officials want the rail line to either be put underground or on a bridge near one or both schools.
Builders of the $862-million line say that would unnecessarily drive up costs and probably delay a transit system that could open by 2010 and provide an alternative to the Westside's traffic congestion.
The rail line follows a long-dormant right-of-way along Exposition Boulevard and will eventually connect downtown Los Angeles, USC, South Los Angeles, Culver City -- and one day Santa Monica.
But the tracks are slated to run next to the Foshay Learning Center and Dorsey High School.