LA Metro Crenshaw Line Clears Final Hurdle

Los Angeles has always had a bad wrap in terms of public transportation.  Many people believe that the city is forever destined to be a city characterized by automobile transportation, incapable of embracing the light rails and commuter rails that so many other cities in the country depend on.  The LA Metro would like to create a future Los Angeles that counters these preconceived notions about the city’s transportation.  Phase 1 of the city’s new Expo Line, which will connect the Mid-Wilshire area, is nearing completion with Phase II recently beginning.  The Expo Line is a great accomplishment for LA Metro in itself, but last week also marked a very important date for LA Metro’s future light rail line. It has been reported by the San Francisco Gate, among other sources, that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board has given approval to begin construction on a light rail line along Crenshaw Boulevard.  The approval came as result of a review of the final environmental report conducted on the proposed line, which was the last hurdle that the Crenshaw line had to overcome.  Construction on the line is estimated to cost $1.72 billion and should begin in 2012.

The Crenshaw light-rail line will play an important role in connecting Los Angeles.  The line will connect the Expo Line to the 6-stop Metro Green Line, which nearly extends to LAX.  The line will also connect one of the city’s primary black commercial district to the rest of the city.

This stretch of light rail line will be less than 9 miles long, but will have a positive impact on Los Angeles’s public transportation system.  Several light rail lines are currently under construction in Los Angeles and the Crenshaw line will help to connect lines that would otherwise be separated.  In this sense, the Crenshaw line may help to realize a dream for Los Angeles public transportation that many thought impossible; a complete network of light rail trains, which will allow seamless travel from the San Fernando Valley to Culver City, the South Bay, Long Beach, LAX or East LA.  In the coming decade, these developments may allow Los Angeles to shed its long-standing reputation as a strictly automobile city.



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Joel Epstein October 10, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Thanks for your coverage of this important and exciting development. Your article contains some inaccuracies. The Expo Line runs through the Mid-City area, not the Mid-Wilshire area. You also kinda jumble the San Fernando Valley to Culver City, the South Bay, Long Beach, LAX and East LA access via new or existing light rail lines [and a subway line]…

Regardless, Crenshaw is exciting news in a city that is rapidly building out its modern transit system, making up for a lot of lost time.

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