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Have safety concerns about Expo Line finally been addressed? Tell us what you think

July 30, 2010 |  7:36 am

Expo Line

TalkBackLAA major obstacle has been lifted in efforts to complete the Expo Line light rail system.

State regulators Thursday cleared the way for completion of the first leg of the project by approving a controversial street-level crossing next to Dorsey High School.

In its decision, the California Public Utilities Commission adopted recommendations made in June by one of the agency's hearing officers, who supported a revised plan that called for two station platforms, speed restrictions for trains, motor vehicle gates and other safety improvements for a proposed rail crossing at Farmdale Avenue and Exposition Boulevard.

The plan to lay track at street level near Dorsey High has been opposed for years by some neighborhood associations, students, teachers, Dorsey alumni and community activists who contend that elevated tracks are needed to eliminate an unacceptable accident risk for pedestrians and motorists.

Have officials addressed the safety concerns? Share your views below.

Photo: Dorsey High School students cross Exposition Boulevard at Farmdale Avenue. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times