Planning work continues on a key Metro Rail project to extend the Green Line from its current terminus at Redondo Beach Station to a new transit center in Torrance.
I encourage everyone to peruse through the above Metro staff presentation, which dives deeper into the proposed routes. The project homepage is here.
Some of the project basics:
•There are four rail alternatives being studied. Two would follow the rail right-of-way that Metro already owns (known as the Harbor Subdivision) and that the Green Line large follows in El Segundo and Redondo Beach. The other two would run along Hawthorne Boulevard for part of the way to Torrance. Here’s a map:
•The first two alternatives would follow the existing rail right-of-way through Redondo Beach and Lawndale en route to Torrance. The primary difference between the two alternatives is that one would have an aerial station over Manhattan Beach Boulevard while the other would run under the road with a station below street level.
•The third alternative would largely be at street level along Hawthorne Boulevard with aerial segments connecting the tracks to the existing rail right-of-way. An additional analysis will be required of a potential overpass for the train at Redondo Beach and Artesia boulevards.
•The fourth alternative would also serve some of Hawthorne Boulevard and would be entirely aerial.
•Here’s a map that gives a good idea of the different routes and destinations they would serve:
•Metro staff plans to recommend a route or routes to the Metro Board of Directors this summer. This will be then followed by a resumption of the project’s environmental studies in early 2019.