Photos: constructing cross passages for the Crenshaw/LAX Line tunnels

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.

2 replies

  1. Thank you for listening to the feedback on the other post and incorporating more details. Much appreciated!!!

  2. I’d love to tour the construction sites of these projects. Who do I contact?