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No PUC decision on Expo Line street crossings today

January 29, 2009 |  9:15 am

State officials have postponed making a decision today on two controversial street crossings for the Expo Line light rail in South Los Angeles.

The California Public Utilities Commission was scheduled to decide how best for the light rail line to cross Farmdale Avenue next to Dorsey High School and a pedestrian tunnel adjacent to the Foshay Learning Center.

The Expo Line Construction Authority wants to build the rail line at street level, while the Los Angeles Unified School District and community activists say that would pose a danger to students trying to cross the street. Among the solutions they've proposed is putting the rail underground or on a bridge at one -- or possibly both -- of the locations. 

The PUC wanted more time to consider the matter, said an agency spokesperson. This is the second consecutive month that the PUC has postponed hearing the issue. Its next meeting is Feb. 20.

Here's a link to the long, long written record of the issue on the PUC website, including recent submissions from all interested parties.

-- Steve Hymon