The California Supreme Court denied a request by Neighbors for Smart Rail for a stay that would stop construction on the Expo Line extension across the Westside to Santa Monica. The supremes agreed with previous rulings that there's no cause to stop work while the homeowner groups press their case that the project's environmental review made mistakes. The Expo Line Construction Authority praised the ruling and said work on the 6.6-mile line between Culver City and Santa Monica would go on. "This decision preserves thousands of direct and indirect jobs just when our local economy is slowly starting to recover," said Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. "At the same time, it keeps our efforts to build a modern transit system on track."
Expo Line excavation at Sepulveda and Exposition boulevards. LA Observed photo