A nice step forward today for an important project: Metro today released the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the Airport Metro Connector 96th Street Transit Station.
The station will serve trains on the Crenshaw/LAX Line, Green Line, buses, cyclists and pedestrians. The station will, most notably, be the transfer point between Metro Rail and the Automated People Mover that will serve the Los Angeles International Airport terminals. The people mover will be built by Los Angeles World Airports, a city of L.A. agency.
The station will be located on the west side of the intersection of Aviation Boulevard and 96th Street. It will include three street-level train platforms, a bus plaza, bike hub, pedestrian plaza and passenger vehicle pick-up/drop-off area. Elevated walkways will help tie everything together, as would a “Metro Hub,” that could include restrooms, retail, office space for Metro, public art and other amenities for riders and travelers.
The release of the document begins a 45-day public comment period. A public hearing is set for Wednesday, July 13, from 6-8 p.m. at the Flight Path Learning Center, 6661 West Imperial Highway, in Los Angeles. The facility is served by Beach City Transit Line 109 with connections at the Metro Green Line Aviation/LAX Station and LAX Transit Center. Free parking is available on site.
Metro encourages public input on the DEIR. Comments can be submitted at the upcoming public hearing or in writing by 5 p.m. on August 6, 2016. Written comments can be mailed to Meghna Khanna, Deputy Project Manager, One Gateway Plaza, Mail Stop 99-22-34, Los Angeles, CA. 90012 or via email at email@example.com. Comments may also be submitted via the online comment form at https://www.metro.net/projects/lax-extension/comment-feedback-form/, using the Twitter handle twitter.com/laxconnector or the Airport Metro Connector Facebook page at facebook.com/laxconnector.
One other note: the station would receive about $347 million from Metro’s potential ballot measure (if it is placed on the ballot and approved by voters), in addition to $234 million from other sources (including Measure R), with a projected completion date of 2021-23. The Crenshaw/LAX Line is currently under construction and has a target opening date of 2019. Some Green Line trains will use the new tracks to access two stations: Aviation/Century Station and the Airport Metro Connector 96th Street station described above.