The above photos were taken in Rotterdam, where parts for the tunnel boring machine for the Crenshaw/LAX Line were recently loaded on the ship that will bring them to North America. The full shipment of TBM parts is expected to arrive in Los Angeles by the end of the year. Once received, the parts will be assembled and the TBM will be ready to start digging the underground portion of the project by mid-2015.
The Crenshaw/LAX Line is an 8.5-mile light rail line that will run between Exposition Boulevard and the Green Line. The project is heavily funded by Measure R, the half-cent sales tax approved by L.A. County voters in Nov. 2008.