New ‘under construction’ map for Metro Rail debuts

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This is the latest “under construction” map produced by Metro. As you can see, there are five rail projects shown that aren’t on the usual day-to-day rail map: the second phase of the Expo Line, the Gold Line Foothill Extension, the Crenshaw/LAX Line, the Regional Connector and Purple Line Extension of the subway.

The first two of those are under construction while utility relocations are underway on the other three.

It’s pretty impressive, given that prior to July 1990 — when the Blue Line opened — there was no Metro Rail. Check out this interactive map that shows how the system has grown in the past 23 years. 

Metro Rail today has 87 miles of track and 80 stations and, of course, the system is set to expand beyond what’s shown above when other Measure R second and third decade projects are considered: the Eastside Gold Line Extension, the South Bay Green Line Extension, the Airport Metro Connector, the East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor, the West Santa Ana Branch Corridor and the Sepulveda Pass Transit Corridor. 

49 replies

  1. A train going down Crenshaw Bl is going “nowhere?” I agree that the Crenshaw line (like many of our regional rail projects) is cut short and could be improved. But to suggest that this area of LA has nothing to offer is pure racism in action. Check the racial/ethnic census data of areas you deem to be valuable and areas that you consider “nowhere.”

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  2. Please remember, that this portion of the Crenshaw line is the center/middle segment. Once its extended north to the Purple/Wilshire & Red/Hollywood on the north and then Torrance and Long Beach on the south end, it will be the second north/south main, with a bonus of serving an major airport. Another line with major ridership potential.

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  3. With potentially 5 lines under contraction this time next year, of the remaining lines on Prop R, which would you think would be built next? ELA/605, SoBay/Green, WSAB, ESFV,405/Sep pass?

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  4. I think the Crenshaw/LAX line is just pointless. Just make faster bus lines service there. The purple line extension should be attended to first because it is long overdue. Green line to Torrance would be nice.

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