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They're Watching: More Oversight of Expo Project Coming*

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Big Brother will soon be upon you, Expo Construction Authority. The group building the oft-delayed light-rail from downtown to Culver City, a separate entity from Metro, will soon be reporting to an inspector general at the transit agency, "which would have the power to investigate, review and audit the light-rail project," reports the Los Angeles Times. The construction authority voted for the change yesterday following a motion from board member and LA County supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who was concerned about rising price tags and opening delays. The line, originally set to open last summer, will have a partial opening this upcoming summer to either the Crenshaw or La Cienega stations, while the Culver City stop opens in 2012. Originally budgeted at $640 million, the train line will pencil out to about $895 million because of unforeseen construction and engineering work, an upgraded Culver City stop, as well as a new station at Farmdale Avenue. Another change: the Expo Construction Authority board voted unanimously to replace its Metro-contracted part-time ethics officer.*Updated: Initially, wrong budget figure was posted.
· More Oversight Coming for Expo Light-Rail Project [LA Times]
· Vermont Station Expo Signage Appears [Curbed LA]