Putting a halt to Expo Line construction?

expoline2.jpgA group of Cheviot Hills homeowners are asking the State Supreme Court for a stay on all construction, which would delay completion of the project and result in the loss of construction jobs. As posted by Curbed LA, the homeowners object to several of the train's street-level crossings. They say that underground rail is required (something that Metro says would be cost prohibitive). The group has already been turned down in Superior Court and the State Appellate Court.

The Expo Line construction authority and local politicians like County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky are pleading with the high court not to allow a halt on construction. "[LA County] communities have double-digit unemployment rates and delaying the project would only send hundreds of local construction workers back to the unemployment line," Yaroslavsky said in a release, "delaying the project for a year would cost $90 million and result in the loss of more than 4,000 direct and indirect jobs, The harm to the economy, local jobs and our efforts to build a modern transit system would be substantial."

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