‘The Crenshaw/LAX Line will not only bring light rail to the residents of South LA and the LAX area, but it will create thousands of badly needed jobs’, said Metro Board Chairman and LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. ‘This is another step forward for a Measure R project, which voters approved in 2008 and will bring LA the 21st century transit network Angelenos deserve.’
Construction crews Monday began relocating water and power lines in parts of South Los Angeles to clear the way for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to begin construction of the 8.5-mile Crenshaw/LAX light rail line.
The $1.72 billion project will run between the Expo Line on Exposition Boulevard and the Green Line near Los Angeles International Airport, with six stops serving the Crenshaw Corridor, Inglewood, Westchester and parts of LAX.
“The Crenshaw/LAX light rail line will provide a vital transportation link for this community and our entire city,” said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who chairs the MTA board. “By utilizing our project labor agreement program for this project, we are getting Angelenos back to work and creating job opportunities for those who need them the most.”
The $8.6 million utility work will take place at 10 locations along the Crenshaw corridor and is expected to take one year to complete.With six stations, the line will serve the Crenshaw Corridor, Inglewood, and the area around Los Angeles International Airport. A maintenance facility would be built at Arbor Vitae/Bellanca, along with three park-and-ride sites. There is also an option for an extra station at Crenshaw/Vernon.