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Santa Monica has grand plans when Expo Line rolls into town

May 13, 2009 | 12:29 pm

With the Expo Line coming to Santa Monica, local planners are thinking big as they think about visions for the future of the city's downtown area. There were a lot of ideas -- parks, promenades -- discussed this week, according to the Santa Monica Daily Press:

City Hall is planning on a number of improvements to the area in anticipation of the Exposition Light Rail, which is expected to bring several hundred passengers with each inbound train to the terminal of Colorado Avenue at Fourth Street, impacting a notoriously congested section of Santa Monica. Some suggested improvements that have been placed on the table include extending the freeway off-ramp at Fourth Street to Main Street via Fujinomiya Drive, perhaps taking it all the way to Ocean Avenue, constructing a roundabout at Main Street in front of the Rand Corp., and some changes to improve traffic and the pedestrian experience on Colorado Avenue. City officials are also proposing to "deck" or cover the I-10 Freeway and build a park that would be contiguous with the Palisades Garden Walk.