Photos: Anthony Crump/Metro
Above are some photos taken during construction of a cross passage for the Crenshaw/LAX Line, the 8.5-mile light rail line with eight new stations that will run between the Expo Line and the Green Line.
A cross passage is a passageway built to connect the northbound and southbound tunnels for maintenance and/or emergency purposes. Crews build these cross passages after the tunnel boring machine has completed work on the train tunnels. The Crenshaw/LAX Line has a mile-long underground segment between Crenshaw/Expo and Leimert Park that will have five cross passages.
A later project will add a station at Aviation and 96th Street that will serve as the transfer point to the future LAX people mover that will have three stations serving airport passenger terminals. That station — also known as the Airport Metro Connector — will serve trains on the Crenshaw/LAX Line, the Green Line and many Metro and other muni buses.
The $2.058-billion project is funded mostly by Measure R, the half-cent sales tax increase approved by L.A. County voters in 2008. Metro is planning to open the project in the fall of 2019.