All objective observations of the design of the Expo Line in the majority-minority South LA segment reveal countless issues that need to be addressed. Primarily:
Nearly two dozen schools, many parks, and 20,000 – 30,000 youths are within walking distance of the Expo Line tracks and are a grave concern. The LAUSD and Parent Collaborative have made formal objections to the unsafe design of the line. Of particular worry are 2100-student Dorsey High School at Farmdale and Exposition and 3800-student Foshay Learning Center at Western and Exposition. The overall environments are currently unsafe with sidewalks and crosswalks that are too narrow to handle existing foot traffic. Adding a frequently running train to the environment and further complicating intersections will only increase the risk to the children.
Similarly, at Crenshaw Blvd the train will travel directly adjacent to a mega church (West Angeles Church). Crenshaw, like Vermont, Normandie and Western (where Foshay is located), has no crossing gates at the intersection. The compilation of these added risk factors should have resulted in underpasses or overpasses (known as “grade separations”) at the locations but did not. A deadly calculation has been made to not invest in grade separations in South LA and instead jeopardize the lives of South LA residents.
- Traffic Congestion & Cutting-Off Access to Emergency Services
- Environmental Impact of Noise & Vibration
- Environmental Justice
- Long-Term Investment
We believe MTA can and should exercise the consecutive operable segment construction option in the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and begin building the Expo Line underground in the South LA community as far as the existing Phase 1 budget will allow them, while our representatives work together to find the money to complete the project to Culver City.
We believe they can and should go after new public financing sources like recently passed Prop 1B, of which billions are dedicated specifically to capital rail projects and grade separations, and identify more funding from our annual local and federal budgets.
UPDATE: In fact, the MTA has added $222 million dollars to the project, $218 million of which was from the Prop 1B source we've been requesting they go after for additional grade separations in South LA.
Over the next few weeks we will begin to delve in the details regarding our concerns and the merits of our proposal. But ultimately, our ability to FIX EXPO will be greatly improved with your help. So please help us by SIGNING THE PETITION and/or business/community group endorsement, which are available to the right.