Here’s the latest on the planning for a new east-west walking and biking path in South Los Angeles using old railroad corridors:
1)Metro is aiming to open the first segment in 2019 prior to the Crenshaw/LAX Line opening later that year. Segment A is about 6.4 miles long between the Crenshaw/LAX Line’s Fairview Station in Inglewood and Santa Fe Avenue in Huntington Park (the dotted green line on the above map). This portion — called “rail to rail” — is funded and in the environmental study/design phase.
2) Segment A, as the map shows, would provide direct access to the Crenshaw/LAX Line, the Silver Line’s Slauson Station and the Blue Line’s Slauson Station — plus many busy Metro north-south routes, including the heavily-used buses that run on Vermont Avenue. This is also a corridor near many homes, apartments, jobs and schools. See the screen grab below from Google Maps. The project would include landscape and lighting.
3) Four routes remain under study for Segment B between Huntington Park and the river. This part of the the project is called “rail to river” and the four options range from 2.1 miles to 4.3 miles long.
4) There will be a public meeting about Segment A of the Rail to Rail/River project on June 29. We encourage you to attend to learn more about this important project! The info:
5) The B3 and B4 alignments would intersect with the segment of the Los Angeles River Bike Path that runs between Atlantic Boulevard in Vernon and Golden Shore Street in Long Beach. Metro’s Measure M sales tax ballot measure will provide the funding to complete the L.A. River Bike Path to the north through downtown Los Angeles and all the way to and through the San Fernando Valley.
6) The Rail to River project will overall convert approximately 10 miles of railroad tracks into a bike and pedestrian path that could link the cities of Los Angeles, Inglewood, Huntington Park, Vernon, Maywood, and Bell.