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New Group Calls for Greenway Along Proposed Expo Line

2:19 PM PDT on June 20, 2008

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A rendering of the Proposed Greenway

Do you have trouble keeping all of the organizations that are lobbying around the Expo Line straight from one another? After all, there's Fix Expo, Build Expo, Friends 4 Expo, Light Rail for Cheviot, and Neighbors for Smart Transit...and these are just the groups I can think of off the top of my head. Well, now there's a new group, CREATE Expo Greenway which is advocating for more green space along The Exposition Right of Way (ROW) between Motor Avenue and Sepulveda Boulevard.

On its "transportation" page the group explains how the vision of a Greenway meshes with the vision for light rail.

The broad and natural Exposition Right of Way (ROW) south and west of Cheviot Hills provides a unique opportunity to put this public land to several simultaneous, beneficial uses consistent with Metro's Planning Principles while connection communities.

This section of the ROW between the Rosa Parks (formerly Santa Monica) Freeway and Sepulveda Boulevard is uniquely wide - up to 200 feet wide. (Light Rail trains only use about 30 feet of that space.) Most of the ROW in this area has not been sold off, narrowed or encroached upon by Exposition Boulevard - unlike sections further east. The City of Los Angeles has retained much of this land (or easements on it), so there is ample room for multiple uses.

You don't need me to tell you that the battle over the future of the Expo Light Rail Line through the Westside has been pitched. It will be interesting to see how this new group effects the dynamic.

Image: Create Expo Greenway

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