The city of Torrance held a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday for the Torrance Transit Park and Ride Regional Terminal. The project will be a LEED-certified multimodal transit facility with eight bus bays and a park-and-ride lot, which will help reduce single occupancy vehicle trips in the region. Approximately 85 percent of the total funding for this project was provided by Measure R, the half-cent sales tax increase approved by L.A. County voters in 2008.
Another Measure R project is an extension of the Green Line deeper into the South Bay. That is briefly referenced in the following news release from Torrance. Some background: a Green Line extension is due to receive funds from Measure R. But the project isn’t scheduled to be complete until the mid-2030s unless funds are found to accelerate it. Still, the Metro Board of Directors in 2009 approved studying an extension of the Green Line to a new transit center in Torrance using the old Harbor Subdivision right-of-way. That explains the reference to the Green Line serving the future transit center in the news release:
The City of Torrance broke ground today on its new Torrance Transit Park and Ride Regional Terminal located at 465 Crenshaw Blvd. Mayor Patrick J. Furey, along with the City Council, other elected officials and representatives from the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Caltrans and the South Bay Cities Council of Governments helped mark the official start of construction.
Torrance Mayor Patrick J. Furey called the project a milestone for the City, indicating that there is also interest from other transit providers including LA Metro, Gardena’s GTrans, Beach Cities Transit and Los Angeles World Airport to use the terminal as part of their transportation services. He also said that “with careful planning and looking to the future, we hope it will be the home of a Metro Green Line station.”
“This facility truly will be a regional transit center and a regional asset,” Mayor Furey added. “It is a wonderful example of City staff working together and with outside agencies on a project that really will benefit so many.”
Architecture firms RNL and Frank-Webb & Associates worked on the design of the facility.
“The project has been in the works for several years. The closure in 2004 of the Transit Center at Del Amo Fashion Center created the need for a new facility,” Mayor Furey said. “Once funding through Measure R became available in 2008, the plan was moved along from that point due to the foresight and leadership of current and former mayors and council.”
Funding for the terminal came from various sources, with $18.1 million in Measure R funding awarded by the L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, $2.4 million in State Proposition 1B bond money and $1 million from the City of Torrance.
“The Torrance Transit Park and Ride Regional Terminal will go a long way towards improving mobility and air quality by reducing single occupancy vehicle trips along the I-405 and I-110 corridors,” Don Knabe, L.A. County Supervisor and Metro Board Member, said in a statement. “This project is a great example of Measure R funds being reinvested at the local level, and once it is completed, commuters will have a safe and convenient place to park their cars and ride transit, carpool or vanpool.”