The California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) is scheduled on Nov. 10 to consider giving approval to the street crossings for the second phase of the Expo Line, which will run between Culver City and Santa Monica. It’s a big deal because the line recently had its groundbreaking and can’t open until the state gives a thumbs-up to the 27 crossings — 16 at street level and 11 below or above streets.
As part of the process, the Expo Line Construction Authority is asking people who support the project to sign an online petition asking the PUC to approve the crossings. The full list of grade crossings is after the jump.
Those with medium-range memories may recall that because of protests from the LAUSD and a community group, the PUC delayed giving approval to two of the at-grade crossings on the first phase of the Expo Line, leading to some delays and additional expenses in the project, including the addition of the Farmdale station outside Dorsey High School.
The second phase of the Expo Line underwent an almost three-year long environmental review, which included receiving and responding to more than 9,000 comments from the public. A lawsuit was filed by some homeowners in the Cheviot Hills area challenging the environmental review process and, in particular, the decision to put some rail crossings at street level. The suit was dismissed by a Superior Court judge and is now under appeal.
At this point, the at-grade crossings for the project have been approved by the city of Los Angeles, the city of Santa Monica, Metro and the staff of the PUC. The final hurdle is getting approval from the Commissioners who make the final decisions at the PUC. It’s a significant step toward keeping construction on track and opening the line by 2015, the targeted date. The second phase of the Expo Line — unlike the first — is being paid for predominantly by Measure R sales tax dollars (construction of the first phase began before Measure R was approved in 2008).
After the jump is a list of street crossings along the 6.7-mile line.
Table 1: Expo Phase 2 Crossing Information
|Street/Crossing||City||Proposed CPUC Crossing No.||Orientation||Warning Devices **|
|2||Bagely Ave||Los Angeles||84S-107.90||At-Grade||9, 9E, Ped Gates|
|4||Motor Ave||Los Angeles||84S-108.70-B||Grade-Separated|
|5||I-10 Freeway||Los Angeles||84S-108.90-A||Grade-Separated|
|6||Overland Ave||Los Angeles||84S-109.50||At-Grade||9, 9E, Ped Gates|
|7||Westwood Blvd||Los Angeles||84S-109.80||At-Grade||9, 9E, Ped Gates|
|8||Military Ave||Los Angeles||84S-110.10||At-Grade||9, 9E, Ped Gates|
|9||Sepulveda Blvd||Los Angeles||84S-110.30-B||Grade-Separated|
|10||Sawtelle Blvd||Los Angeles||84S-110.50-B||Grade-Separated|
|11||Pico Blvd||Los Angeles||84S-110.70-B||Grade-Separated|
|12||Barrington Ave||Los Angeles||84S-111.10||At-Grade||9, 9E, Ped Gates|
|13||Bundy Dr||Los Angeles||84S-111.40-B||Grade-Separated|
|14||Centinela Ave||Santa Monica||84S-111.60-B||Grade-Separated|
|15||Stewart St||Santa Monica||84S-112.10||At-grade||9, 9E, Ped Gates|
|16||26th St||Santa Monica||84S-112.40||At-grade||9, 9E, Ped Gates|
|17||Cloverfield Blvd||Santa Monica||84S-112.50-B||Grade-Separated|
|18||Olympic Blvd||Santa Monica||84S-112.60-B||Grade-Separated|
|19||20th St||Santa Monica||84S-112.80||At-Grade||9, 9E, Ped Gates|
|20||19th St||Santa Monica||84S-112.90||At-Grade||9, 9E, Ped Gates|
|21||17th St/Colorado||Santa Monica||84S-113.00||At-Grade||Traffic Signals|
|22||14th St/Colorado||Santa Monica||84S-113.20||At-Grade||Traffic Signals|
|23||11th St/Colorado||Santa Monica||84S-113.50||At-Grade||Traffic Signals|
|24||Lincoln/Colorado||Santa Monica||84S-113.70||At-Grade||Traffic Signals|
|25||7th St/Colorado||Santa Monica||84S-113.80||At-Grade||Traffic Signals|
|26||6th St/Colorado||Santa Monica||84S-113.85||At-Grade||Traffic Signals|
|27||5th St/Colorado||Santa Monica||84S-113.90||At-Grade||Traffic Signals|