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Lawsuit Filed Against Train to Santa Monica

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It "seems broad-brush and unsubstantiated," says Friends4ExpoTransit about the lawsuit (.pdf), which has been expected since last month, filed by Neighbors for Smart Rail (NFSR), a group that doesn't want the a light rail train cutting through their neighborhood at street level.

The second phase of the Expo Line was approved in early February, allowing for the eventual construction of track between Culver City and Santa Monica. The first phase between downtown and Culver City is already underway.

"The report calls for all train crossings through our community to go at street level (at-grade), blocking traffic as often as every 2 ½ minutes, 22 hours a day at Overland, Westwood, Military and Sepulveda!" says NFSR.

"It bears repeating that the Final EIR’s extensive documentation found no significant traffic, safety, or noise impacts at its street crossings after mitigation," notes Friends4Expo. "Conversely, NFSR's long deep tunnel beneath the existing railroad right-of-way is unprecedented, never built on any modern U.S. light rail line."