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Expo Line Authority Says They are Not Over Budget

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In response to a LA Times story exposing the Expo Line's over budget and delayed light rail project between downtown and Culver City, the independent authority in charge of construction denies the facts, perhaps with some spin, maybe not. In a memo, the Authority explains that some "overruns" in the budget were actually added and approved "enhancements" (not too mention the "unforeseen work elements"). Some delays are being blamed on third parties like Caltrans, therefore beyond control of the authority. The LA Times said the 8.6-mile route, which was supposed to open in June, is likely to open in phases with the full completion in 2011 at the earliest.