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Have a beef with the Expo Line's second phase?

March 11, 2009 |  7:00 pm

If so, you've been granted two extra weeks to make a comment on the draft plan to build the Expo Line between Culver City and Santa Monica. The deadline has been pushed back from March 13 to March 27 on the project -- not a bad thing since it can fairly be described as hugely controversial.

The Santa Monica City Council, for example, recently weighed in and said it would rather the train go to Colorado Street instead of Olympic Boulevard, which would route it near the Crossroads School and require a few dozen coral trees to be ripped out of the median. The council also doesn't want a maintenance yard to be located in Santa Monica because a residential neighborhood is across the street. As an alternative, the council recommends putting it in neighboring Los Angeles near where the tracks cross under the 405 Freeway.

You can read the draft environmental impact report on the project at the Expo Line Construction Authority's website, which includes a page where you can submit your comment.

What's so controversial about the line? A variety of residents have argued about the route (Colorado or Olympic in Santa Monica, and Venice/Sepulveda or existing right-of-way in Los Angeles), how it will cross streets in L.A. (over, under or at street level), the amount of parking (way too little or extremely too little) and other issues involving aesthetics, need, safety and cost. Outside of that, everyone is in agreement!

--Steve Hymon