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Old 04-14-2016, 12:35 AM
 
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One happened a few months ago. I didn't pay much attention years ago when the design was being chosen, so I can only guess why the track is at ground-level.
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Old 04-14-2016, 10:30 AM
 
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One happened a few months ago. I didn't pay much attention years ago when the design was being chosen, so I can only guess why the track is at ground-level.
It was a budget issue. They did elevate the tracks on the more trafficked streets (Bundy, Cloverfield, etc..) but unfortunately it cost 3x as much to build the tracks elevated, like they do in Chicago.
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Old 04-15-2016, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Eastchester, Bronx, NY
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It was a budget issue. They did elevate the tracks on the more trafficked streets (Bundy, Cloverfield, etc..) but unfortunately it cost 3x as much to build the tracks elevated, like they do in Chicago.
Also, I read somewhere that Santa Monica wanted their three stations to be street level.
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Old 04-15-2016, 10:22 AM
 
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Distracted and entitled Westside drivers will make the Blue Line look good when it comes to accidents.
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Old 04-15-2016, 11:30 AM
 
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Also, I read somewhere that Santa Monica wanted their three stations to be street level.
^^This is true. Santa Monica actually fought with Metro to have the SM stretch of the Expo Line configured the way SM wanted (down Colorado Ave at grade instead of Olympic Blvd aerial).

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Old 04-15-2016, 11:31 AM
 
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This KPCC article has a bait-y title... nice short read about those messy Expo at-grade crossings, though.

Expo crash spurs concern about Santa Monica rail crossings danger | 89.3 KPCC

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Old 04-15-2016, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Santa Monica, CA
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^^This is true. Santa Monica actually fought with Metro to have the SM stretch of the Expo Line configured the way SM wanted (down Colorado Ave at grade instead of Olympic Blvd aerial).
Probably because the final station on Colorado drops you three blocks from the Santa Monica Pier. I also heard Santa Monica outbid Venice for this rail line.
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Old 04-17-2016, 12:21 AM
 
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Probably because the final station on Colorado drops you three blocks from the Santa Monica Pier. I also heard Santa Monica outbid Venice for this rail line.
Going to downtown Santa Monica just makes more sense than going to Venice. If they had made it go straight down Venice Blvd to the sea it would have just been going through a residential neighborhood.
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