A 4.3-mile route along Randolph Street — B4 in the map above — was selected as the ‘locally preferred alternative’ by the Metro Board last week for the second segment of the Rail to River Corridor project.
The project aims to build a walk and bike path along an old rail right-of-way (known as the ‘Harbor Subdivision’) between Inglewood, South Los Angeles, Huntington Park, Vernon, Bell, Maywood and the Los Angeles River. Segment A of the project is in the design phase; Metro’s goal is to open that 6.4-mile section in late 2019 prior to the Crenshaw/LAX Line’s debut.
Funding will need to be secured for Segment B to be built. As for the route, Randolph Street is adjacent to many residential neighborhoods, along with a few industrial areas — and also offers easy access to Huntington Park’s busy downtown along Pacific Boulevard. Here are some overhead views of the Randolph corridor from Google Maps (click on the pics for a larger view):
Segment B will eventually offer access to another Metro project — the light rail line between Artesia and Union Station (also known as the West Santa Ana Branch Light Rail Project). In fact, one version of that project may also run along parts of Randolph Street in Huntington Park. That project’s environmental study will analyze how (or if) the rail line and walk/bike path can coexist.
The bike path will also eventually connect with the Los Angeles River Bike Path, which currently runs between Maywood and Long Beach. A separate project with Measure M funding aims to close the eight-mile gap between Maywood and the Elysian Valley. Finishing that stretch will allow cyclists to ride along the river into downtown Los Angeles.
Here are earlier presentations on both segments: