For your calendar: upcoming public meetings on connecting Metro Rail to LAX

The Crenshaw/LAX Line will bring a station to the intersection of Aviation and Century — closer to LAX but still 1.3 miles from the beginning of the terminal horseshoe. Some of the initial alternatives being looked to connect that station to the airport are a light rail line, a people mover and bus rapid transit. Project page here.

Above is a video about the project that Metro released last summer. And below is the announcement from Metro on the upcoming meetings:

Open House
Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 7:30 am – 9:30 am
Union Station/Gateway Transit Center – East Portal*
One Gateway Plaza, P1 Level (Near the Fish Tank)
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Community Workshop
Thursday, March 1, 2012, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Flight Path Learning Center
6661 West Imperial Highway
Los Angeles, CA 90045

Flight Path Learning Center is served by Beach Cities Transit Line 109 with connections at the Metro Green Line Aviation/LAX Station and LAX Transit Center. Free parking is available on site.

Community Workshop
Wednesday, March 7, 2012, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Union Station – Entrance on Alameda St.*
(Historic Ticketing Concourse)
800 North Alameda Street (Cross Street: Cesar Chavez)
Los Angeles, CA 90012

More information is after the jump.

*Los Angeles Union Station is served by Metro Red, Purple, and Gold lines, Amtrak, Metrolink, Metro bus lines 40, 42, 68, 70, 71, 76, 78, 79, 485, 487, 704, 728, 733, 740, 745, 770, and 910 (Silver Line), Dash B., Dash D, Dash Lincoln Heights/Chinatown, Santa Monica Big Blue Bus Line 10, Torrance Transit Line 2, and Foothill Silver Streak. Parking is available on levels P2 and P3. The underground parking entrance is located on the west side of Vignes St. just south of Cesar Chavez Ave. Click here for Metro bus and rail maps and timetables.

Participate online!
A live video stream of the community workshop presentation and chat will begin at 6:15 pm at on March 1 and March 7, 2012.


The Open House on Wednesday, February 29th will feature information boards and opportunities for commuters to provide feedback. Technical experts and outreach team members will be available to converse with passers-by about the current alternatives analysis phase.


The Community Workshops on Thursday, March 1st and Wednesday, March 7th will provide an early look at alternatives and a forum to discuss them ahead of the formal environmental review process. There will be an open house, presentation, breakout sessions, and recap, providing a focused environment for reviewing technical information.

Spanish translation will be provided. Special accommodations and information in alternative formats are available to the public upon request. All requests for reasonable accommodations must be made three working days (72 hours) in advance of the scheduled meeting date. Please call the Project Hotline at 310-499-0553 or the California Relay Service at 711.

Please visit us online for more information:

15 replies

  1. Why do people equate airport transit with “what will business travelers do?”

    Airports are huge employers. Those workers need to get in and out somehow, and giving them an option to roads will speed up the trip for everybody else, including the hotel shuttles that many business travelers use.

    I live on the East Side. I take the Gold Line to the Union Station Flyaway. The Flyaway will continue to be a better option for that trip long after Expo/Crenshaw is built. But, the Flyaway is weak in the first mile and the last mile. Dropping passengers at a people mover would be a great option to reduce the time needed getting in and out of the airport by bus.


  2. I have always felt LAX needs to be served on “3 levels”
    1/ Hi quality fast link from LAX to LAUS. Crucial link for business travelers, international travelers who wish to reach LAUS our major link to the whole So Cal region and hopefully all of California with Amtrak and NSR
    2/ Light rail matrix of Green and Crenshaw crossing in an “X” pattern at the Imperial Station. Not all passengers heading generally north-south on these lines all need to detour into LAX to continue their trips. If Green goes one day from Norwalk to Century and on up to Santa Monica and Crenshaw comes from Expo and hopefully from Wilshire and even Hollywood on the north end and then down to Torrance and hopefully on to Long Beach on the south end. There are some long distance routes and they do not detour into LAX CTA.
    This delivers more locally living passengers to LAX and hopefully a lot of the thousands of employees working at LA
    3/ And a proper people mover connecting #1 & #2 to the CTA, also hooking up a consolidated Rental Car Center, maybe some of the hotels, remote parking and maybe even the future Bradley Terminals #2 and #3(?)


  3. I’m a business traveler who has collected millions of frequent flier miles over two decades. With LAX being my home airport, that place needed a mass transit system decades ago.

    The traffic at the airport has gotten worse every year. What contributes the most to the traffic jams there are all those redundant hotel, parking, car rental, employee, terminal connections, and Metro Green Line shuttle buses that make the horseshoe loop. Each one of those follow pretty much the same horseshoe and along Century Blvd. path but you can’t use the car rental shuttle as a terminal connections bus and you can’t use the Parking Spot shuttle to get to the airport Hilton right next door to it. Getting in and out of that loop could take as much as 20-30 minutes because of this.

    If you want to alleviate the traffic problems at LAX, start by getting rid of all those redundant shuttle buses and replace them with people mover that makes stops at the hotels, car rentals and parking lots along Century Blvd. as well as the terminal horseshoe. A BRT option should not even be considered, it’ll only make things worse.