I thought those interested in the Green Line to LAX project would want to see the above presentation. It includes a lot of maps and charts on the various options for connecting Metro Rail to the airport.
In addition, below is the webstream of last week’s community workshop on the project.
Here is the project’s comment form [pdf version and online].
What is missing in all of this are connections outside of Metro. There is no consideration of direct service from downtown Los Angeles to LAX let alone Union Station. A direct Green Line connection is rather pointless with out connections at Norwalk to Metrolink or service via the Green Line to Orange County using the Old PE West Santa Ana Branch. If no one is thinking of serving the greater Southern California Region with connections with Metrolink, the very least that can be done is to extend some Metrolink service to connect with Metro near LAX using the publicly owned former Santa Fe Harbor Line that serves the LAX area.
It would be a very bad Idea to implement anything at-grade in mixed traffic at all for this project. The reasons for this should be obvious: It would be inherently unreliable due to heavy congestion and would provide very little advantage over the existing shuttle buses. This would prove to be an unattractive and less-utilized mode of transport than the other rail/grade-separated alternatives because of this. Lets not underestimate how much routine congestion can negatively impact shuttle service at LAX. Its a HUGE problem there. Second, the ride would be much less comfortable on a bus than on an APM or LRT. That factor should not be overlooked when considering usage levels/ridership. Having to ride in a jerky bus that weaves in and out of congested traffic vs. a smooth, fast, grade separated vehicle makes a world of difference for travelers. So please Metro and LAWA, don’t blow this chance to transform mobility within and to and from LAX. LAX can be better, much better and much less of a hassle for travelers as long as it has 21st century infrastructure that matches the scores of other similar or smaller size airports nation and worldwide. A BRT at-grade would simply fail to meet the dire need for modernizing LAX transport and would be a huge wasted opportunity for a world class improvement.