South Bay Green Line Extension meetings start tonight

South Bay Green Line Extension

The first public scoping meeting for the South Bay Green Line Extension project is tonight with three additional meetings scheduled through May 5th. The South Bay Green Line extension would be a rail alternative to the I-405 corridor and provide connections to the Blue Line and the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor project.

Two “build” alternatives are currently being studied – one involves extending to Green Line from its current terminus at Redondo Beach Station to the proposed Torrance Regional Transit Center. The other involves upgrading freight tracks on the Harbor Subdivision right-of-way for travel between the El Segundo/LAX area to the proposed Torrance Regional Transit Center.

The public is encouraged to attend the scoping meetings and provide input. If you can’t make tonight’s meeting, don’t worry, content presented at the meetings will be identical, so please attend at the time and location most convenient for you.

Here are the locations and times of the upcoming meetings:

Monday, April 26, 2010
6-8pm
Nakano Theater
3330 Civic Center Dr
Torrance, CA 90503

Wednesday, April 28, 2010
6-8pm
North Redondo Senior Center
Perry Park
2308 Rockefeller Ln
Redondo Beach, CA 90278

Saturday, May 1, 2010
10am-12pm
Lawndale City Hall
14717 Burin Av
Lawndale, CA 90260

Wednesday, May 5, 2010
6-8pm
Automobile Driving Museum
610 Lairport St
El Segundo, CA 90245

Read the full press release from Metro after the jump.

Metro to Hold Public Scoping Meetings for the South Bay Metro Green Line Extension Project

Metro will hold four public scoping meetings beginning Monday April 26 for the South Bay Metro Green Line Extension project. These scoping meetings are the first step in the environmental process and Metro is seeking public comments and input for extending rail service farther into the South Bay to improve mobility in southwest Los Angeles County.

Metro is currently preparing a Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (DEIS/DEIR) to identify transit improvements that would provide an alternative to the I-405 corridor by accessing the regional rail network through connections to the Metro Blue Line and the proposed Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor, currently under environmental review.

As part of the Draft EIS/EIR, Metro will assess existing conditions in the study area, further refine the project alternatives, assess their potential impacts and identify possible and reasonable mitigation measures.

Two ‘build’ alternatives are being considered in the DEIS/DEIR. The Light Rail Alterative will evaluate extending the Metro Green Line from its current terminus at the Redondo Beach Station to the proposed Torrance Regional Transit Center (RTC).

The freight track alternative will evaluate operating rail transit vehicles on the Harbor Subdivision right-of-way using upgraded rail tracks from the El Segundo/LAX area to the proposed Torrance RTC. In addition the Draft EIS/EIR will evaluate the No Build and Transportation Systems Management alternatives.

The public is encouraged to attend the public scoping meetings and provide their input. The following is a list of upcoming meetings:

  • Monday, April 26, 2010 (6-8 p.m.) Nakano Theater, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance.
  • Wednesday, April 28, 2010 (6-8 p.m.) North Redondo Senior Center, Perry Park, 2308 Rockefeller Lane, Redondo Beach.
  • Saturday, May 1, 2010 (10 a.m. – 12n) Lawndale City Hall, 14717 Burin Avenue, Lawndale.
  • Wednesday, May 5, 2010 (6-8 p.m.) Automobile Driving Museum, 610 Lairport Street, El Segundo.

The study area encompasses approximately 30 square miles and includes the cities of El Segundo, Hawthorne, Inglewood, Lawndale, Los Angeles, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach and Torrance as well as the Del Aire and Lennox areas of unincorporated LA County.

The project is partially funded under Measure R, the half-cent sales tax approved by the voters in November 2008. Under Measure R, the project is provided $272 million in funding for the Metro Green Line Extension to the South Bay Corridor. This project is contained in the constrained element of the 2009 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP).

For information on the project and the Draft EIS/EIR process the public can call

1-800-266-6883 or visit www.metro.net/southbayextension for additional information.

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