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Get Ready, Westside! Train from Culver City to Santa Monica Approved

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The second phase of a project to bring light rail from downtown to Santa Monica cleared a huge hurdle today when its construction authority board approved a final environmental impact document and chose a route. Preliminary engineering can now begin followed by design and construction, which will could commence later this year.

Split in two phases. the Expo Line is already under construction between downtown and Culver City with a partial opening expected this summer.

"We are real happy," Darrell Clark said with a big laugh. Clark, who co-chairs Friends4Expo, has spent 20 years volunteering in support of the project. "This is the most important decision after the 2005 decision to do light rail in the first half," he said.