Meetings have now concluded to discuss alternatives to extend the Crenshaw/LAX Line north with connections to the Expo, Purple and Red Lines as well as many heavily traveled bus lines. Above is a new presentation shown at the meetings along with an FAQ.
Some quick background: the Crenshaw/LAX Line is a light rail line that is currently under construction and will run between the Green Line and Expo Line. That project is nearly complete and is scheduled to open in 2020.
The Crenshaw Northern Extension is a Measure M-funded project that will continue the line north of the Expo Line, with the extension serving portions of the cities of Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and West Hollywood. A feasibility study for the project was released last summer with five potential routes — all with very high ridership estimates. This study will be used to help determine which routes will be studied further in a formal environmental study anticipated to begin in early 2020.
Measure M allocates $2.24 billion to the northern extension with a groundbreaking date of 2041 and project completion date of 2047. So why the studies now in 2019? Because there are efforts underway to find the funding needed to accelerate this schedule.
I know people are asking questions about the project’s timeline. Some points to consider:
•The 2041 timeline included in Measure M was developed as part of a from-the-ground-up approach to identifying and developing a list of projects to be funded by the ballot measure. Cities were very much engaged in the process and aware of the project timelines.
•The Metro Board adopted an Early Delivery Strategy that encourages cities to identify additional funding sources to accelerate their projects without impacting other projects that Metro has committed to deliver.
•Metro is committed to working with the cities of West Hollywood and Los Angeles to find a way to accelerate this project — the reason Metro’s current study schedule lines up with the conclusion of a feasibility study that the city of West Hollywood is doing on acceleration (here is a city of WeHo staff report from last summer). This will allow the Metro Board to make an informed decision about next steps for the northern extension.
•Measure M was designed to provide regional equity by spreading projects around L.A. County — so all local residents see the benefits of their tax dollars. This is why ballot measure dollars are not all being spent all at once in just one part of a very, very large county with mobility needs in many places.
For more information, please visit metro.net/crenshawnorth.