The trial between the Expo Authority and Neighbors for Smart Rail, a group of Westside homeowners who sued over the second leg of the light rail project, kicks off Tuesday morning at Norwalk Superior Court, according to The Transit Coalition's newsletter. This trial is really more of a hearing, and the judge can issue a decision that day or after a few days. A post on TC's discussion board has a little more. Neighbors for Smart Rail filed a lawsuit back in March, arguing that Expo officials didn't properly consider California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the statue that looks at the environmental impacts (be it traffic or air quality), when approving the project. At a downtown lunch event in October, Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky said that if there is an appeal in the case, the Expo Authority wouldn't wait till the case wraps to start work on the line.
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