Expo Line Construction Authority news release on California Supreme Court ruling

Work this past spring on the Expo Line's bridge over Venice Boulevard. Photo by Alan Weeks, via Metro Transportation Library's Flickr stream.

Work this past spring on the Expo Line’s bridge over Venice Boulevard. Photo by Alan Weeks, via Metro Transportation Library’s Flickr stream.

My bad — I forgot to post this news release from the Construction Authority yesterday:

CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT AFFIRMS APPEALS COURT RULING IN FAVOR OF EXPOSITION CONSTRUCTION AUTHORITY

In a 6 to 1 decision, the California Supreme Court affirmed the ruling of the Court of Appeals and the approval by the Exposition Construction Authority of the extension of the Expo Line light rail transit project from Culver City to Santa Monica. The Court’s decision allows construction of the project to continue on schedule and to provide desperately needed traffic relief to the residents of Los Angeles County.

Work on the $1.5 billion, 6.6-mile Phase 2 extension is already well underway along the entire alignment, with all eight bridges under construction. Currently there are almost 400 workers on the project and this decision will enable them to remain on the job.

“We are gratified that the California Supreme Court has affirmed the lower court rulings. Today’s decision is a win for taxpayers and the future riders who will soon benefit from a direct connection between downtown Los Angeles and Santa Monica,” said Expo Construction Authority CEO Rick Thorpe. “We remain focused on finishing the Expo Line on-time and on-budget in 2015.”

About the Expo Line

Service on Phase 1 of the Expo Line began in Spring 2012 and serves nearly 27,000 daily riders. Construction on Phase 2 is expected to be complete in late 2015. The Expo Line will bring greater mobility to the region by connecting west Los Angeles to the region’s existing rail network. These communities are traditionally underserved by public transportation and among the most traffic-congested in the nation.

2 replies

  1. Now quick – get it built, before the Supreme Court changes its mind!

    Also, don’t forget to collect those legal fees from NFSR … they have wasted Metro’s money on this frivolous litigation.