CA high court: LA can extend Expo Line 8 miles

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The California Supreme Court has ruled that Los Angeles transportation officials can extend the city’s light-rail Expo Line eight miles west from Culver City.

The divided court on Monday tossed out a neighborhood group’s lawsuit alleging transit officials failed to properly assess the project’s effect on traffic and pollution.

The majority opinion upheld two lower court decisions tossing out the lawsuit. The high court said transit officials didn’t mislead the public when they based their environmental study on predicted traffic patterns in 2030 rather than on current conditions. The decision also said the Exposition Metro Line Authority sufficiently planned for parking along the planned line to Santa Monica.

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