Metro and Walsh/Shea Corridor Constructor opens Crenshaw/LAX Line airport field office

Metro and the contractor’s new office near the Aiport will oversee construction of the project over the next five years. More than 300 guests from the community visited the office on Saturday during an open house and were welcomed by Metro Project Director Charles Beauvoir and Joe Lee, WSCC Executive Project Director.

The $2.058-billion Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project is a new 8.5-mile light-rail line that will extend from the Exposition Line at Crenshaw/Exposition to the Metro Green Line at Aviation. It is now under construction and scheduled to open in 2019.

During the open house the public learned about plans for project, including design and engineering, safety preparation, construction status, the tunnel boring machine (TBM) that will be used for the underground sections beneath Crenshaw Boulevard, the construction sequence and outreach for the Project Labor Agreement (PLA).

Attending the event were Metro executives, California Assembly Member Steven Bradford, a representative of L. A. County Supervisor and Metro Board member Mark Ridley-Thomas and members of the Crenshaw/LAX Community Leadership Council.

9 replies

  1. Having them at two different levels mean additional lines cannot be created using the same track age. It worked just fine for over 60 years in Los Angeles but now we have planners with no real transit experience designing systems that are short sighted and don’t look to the future. Case in point, the “Down Town Connector.” It’s nothing but a redundant line created to connect the Blue Line and Expo Line with the Gold Line and to relieve congestion in the Seventh/Flower station which was designed to serve only one light rail line, not two.

  2. Edn Stewart

    The same type of connection should be made from the Blue Line to the Green Line at Imperail Station.

  3. The last I believe five former L. A. Railway(LATL) rail lines all ran out of one division which was located where the Convention Center stands today. The only two rail lines that share the same division currently are the Blue Line and Expo Line which is only temporary since the Expo Line will have a division in Santa Monica when completed. With this same type of thinking I’m surprised someone with no transit experience hasn’t advocated separate divisions for each bus line.

    • Answer on Crenshaw/LAX connection to Expo:

      “The overall plan for the Crenshaw/LAX line is to continue the service to the north of the Expo Line in the future. With that overall goal, if the train were to run at street level (same elevation as Expo Line), it would create undesirable train operational issues. That combined with the need to have the Crenshaw/LAX line underground from Expo to 48th street due to the limited street width determined the current configuration: Charles Beauvoir,” Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project Director.

  4. Will there be a rail connection from the Expo line to the Crenshaw line at Expo. and Crenshaw? It’s absurd not to connect them, because conceivably Metro could run 1 train service from downtown to the airport by having some Expo trains go down the Crenshaw line to the airport. Please respond.

    • Hi Eden, I passed your comment to the folks at the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project. They will get back to you with a comment. Thanks.

  5. So, where are they storing these train cars since there will not be a physical connection to both the Green Line and the Expo Line at least not when the first phase is completed? Henry Huntington must be looking down on Los Angeles shaking his head, bent over laughing his ass off.

    • The new Metro Crenshaw/LAX light-rail yard will be located at Aviation, Arbor Vitate and Bellanca Avenue. And yes, rail tracks will connect to the Green Line at Aviation, so the southbound Crenshaw/LAX trains will travel to the Redondo Beach Station.

      Jose Ubaldo
      Metro Communications