Good news for Metro on the final business day of 2011: The Federal Transit Administration has approved the Final Environmental Impact Statement/Report for the Crenshaw/LAX Line, the light rail project that will run between the Green Line and the Exposition Line.
The approval allows Metro to go forward with any necessary property acquisitions, utility relocation and the purchase of any rail cars needed for the project. It also makes Metro eligible for any federal funding requested for the project. (The bulk of the project will be funded by the Measure R sales tax increase approved by L.A. County voters in 2008).
The FTA’s record of decision is below. The Crenshaw/LAX Line is scheduled to open in 2018 under Metro’s long-range plan.