With the pouring of cement at what will be the Expo Park / USC Station along the long-awaited Exposition Light Rail Line, the entire South Los Angeles community moved even closer to having the modern transportation system that it desperately needs.
"Expo Park / USC Station would significantly enhance mobility to this important part of downtown. The stakeholders in this area will benefit greatly from these public improvements," noted Councilmember Bernard C. Parks.
In a Motion presented by Councilmember Parks in January of 2007, Parks directed staff to resume discussions with the University of Southern California that would restore their original financial commitment to the project. The Motion also directed staff to initiate discussions with Exposition Park stakeholders regarding a financial commitment towards the project.
In September 2007, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board authorized funding for inclusion of the Expo Park / USC Station in Phase 1 of the Project. The inclusion of Expo Park / USC Station has been identified as necessary to ensure the efficient operation of Phase 1 of the Expo line.
The Expo Line will run below street level from Flower Street and surface at Expo Park / USC Station (near the main entrance to USC). The station is expected to open in 2010.
Last month the California Public Utilities Commission approved the Expo Line crossing near Foshay Learning Center, where there is already a pedestrian tunnel the tracks would go over, but will require that a pedestrian bridge is built at Dorsey High School.
The $836 million, 8.5 mile Expo Line will connect downtown Los Angeles and Culver City.