Metro Crenshaw/LAX Line
In a continuing bid to make public transportation a more viable option in Los Angeles, Metro is currently working on an expansion of its light-rail line to provide access to LAX. The new line, known as the Metro Crenshaw/LAX Line, presents the exciting prospect of making light rail transportation an option for traveling to and from one of the main transportation hubs of Los Angeles.
On the north end, the Metro Crenshaw/LAX Line will connect to the existing Metro Exposition Line at the Expo/Crenshaw stop. It will travel about 8.5 miles, south along Crenshaw, through Inglewood, then west to LAX, and will ultimately connect at the south end to the existing Metro Green Line that runs along the 105. The southernmost station, known as the Airport Metro Connector Transit Station, is a highly anticipated project that will serve as a hub for the Metro Crenshaw/LAX and Green Lines, as well as providing a bus plaza and terminal facility, a pedestrian plaza, and a passenger vehicle pick-up and drop-off area. A map of the the anticipated complete line is below.
Metro began pre-construction on the project in July of 2012. The project is expected to be open to the public in late 2019. Current projections anticipate a daily ridership of 16,000. Funding for the project is provided by Measure R, which was a half-cent sales tax approved by Los Angeles voters in 2008.
Not surprisingly, the project is highly anticipated by the general public. Once completed, the line will open up the possibility of public transport from Downtown, Santa Monica, Hollywood, and more, to LAX. The project promises to significantly reduce congestion along the 405, minimize traffic to and from LAX, and potentially reduce waiting time at LAX.
Additional information on the Metro Crenshaw/LAX Line can be found on the Metro website, linked here. Specific information concerning the Airport Metro Connector station is also available on the Metro website, linked here.
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