Community meetings for Rail to Rail/River Active Transportation Corridor Project to be held tomorrow

Metro is hosting two community meetings in the city of Bell as part of the Rail to Rail/River Active Transportation Corridor Project. Both meetings will be held at the Bell Community Center, 6250 Pine Avenue, Bell, on Thursday, Dec. 8. The first meeting will take place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and the second will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Bell Community Center. The evening meeting will also be streamed live online here.

For more information contact the project helpline at 213.922.9228. Para información en español, llame al 213.922.9228.

Metro is conducting the Alternatives Analysis (AA) for segment B of the Rail to Rail/River ATC Project. As part of the AA process, the community is invited to attend to get an update on the project and also to provide input on the evaluation process for a set of alternatives to connect the Metro Blue Line Slauson Station to the Los Angeles River.

The Rail to Rail/River ATC Project consists of one corridor that will be built in two phases. Segment A is the Rail to Rail component and Segment B is the Rail to River component. Together they form one route, stretching from South Los Angeles to the Los Angeles River.

Segment A

  • The “Rail to Rail” segment extends 6.4 miles between the future Crenshaw/LAX Line’s Fairview Heights Station to Santa Fe Avenue.

Segment B

  • The “Rail to River” segment extends 2.8 to 4.3 miles between Santa Fe Avenue to a future connection with the Los Angeles River.

It is anticipated that the environmental clearance work on segment A will be completed in June 2017 while the AA work on segment B will be completed in March 2017.

Once constructed, the project will increase transit options, provide access for bicyclists and pedestrians to surrounding neighborhoods and improve regional bicycle connections. The active transportation facilities will connect residents and workers to transit, jobs, schools, shopping districts and parks.

Here’s a previous Source post on the project. And here’s the project map:


4 replies

  1. Adding to the chorus. This should be a LRT line. It should connect the Crenshaw to the Blue, the Santa Ana bransh line, and the southern tail of the Gold line (which should turn south through Wittier/Pico Rivera/Santa Fe Springs to connect with the Green.)

  2. My original comment still applies, To wit:

    It should really be an LRT line connecting the Blue and Crenshaw lines with through service to the 96th Street/LAX station. In this way, Metro can FINALLY provide a convenient one-seat-ride between Union Station and the 96th Street/LAX station. I would even go so far as to remodel enough cars to have wider aisle-facing seats and room for luggage in the articulated area, with perhaps with a premium fare on selected express trains.

    My second choice would be a premium-fare BRT line between Union Station and the LAX West Intermodal Transfer Facility (ITF) Automated People Mover (APM) station being built as part of the Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP) and stopping in-route only at Metro Center. BTW-The West ITF APM station also serves the Metro 96th Street/LAX station, Here again the buses would be more like those used by Greyhound but possibly articulated.

    Even with the Regional Connector fully operational, to go between Union Station and the 96th Street/LAX station by train will require a transfer at Willowbrook. Between uncoordinated 12-minute train frequencies on each line and the need to lug baggage up or down the elevator, this will probably not be the first choice of airline passengers transferring between rail and air travel. Rather they would be better off using the Flyaway service.

    Most other major US airports, SFO, ATL, DEN, JFK, ORD, DFW, PHL, etc., provide one-seat service from downtown and commuter rail stations to the airport. Why not Los Angeles???

    Considering that LAX is in the bottom ten of the 100 best airports in the world I would think that LAX and Metro should try to do all that is possible to improve this terrible rating. Actually, only BOS, EWR and LGA are rated worse then LAX.

  3. What a waste. This should be a light rail line from Inglewood to whittier. Fits between expo and green Leave space for light rail please!

    • I second Mark’s motion. Walkways and bikeways would be a temporary use of funds.