Metro and local officials today celebrated the grand opening of the $172-million Southwestern Yard, a rail maintenance facility next to LAX that will serve the future Crenshaw/LAX Line and Green Line. The rail yard will have the capacity to store 70 light rail vehicles and will have about 200 employees.
The facility was designed and built by Hensel Phelps Herzog (HPH) under contract with Metro. Design work began in June 2015, construction in May 2016 and work was completed in January 2019 with the project on time and on budget. The Crenshaw/LAX Line is scheduled to open in 2020.
Light rail vehicles will be maintained and inspected at the 115,000-square-foot facility. Other work to be done in the Southwestern Yard includes body repairs, painting, storage and cleaning and washing. In addition, the facility will house general administration and support service staff, miscellaneous maintenance shops and equipment housing and storage.
The Southwestern Yard was designed and constructed to attain LEED Silver Certification with many green features. These include pollution reducing construction processes, treatment of stormwater runoff and the use of low-emitting paints, sealants, coatings and other materials. There is also energy-saving lighting and air conditioning.
The Southwestern Yard is part of the Crenshaw/LAX Line, the 8.5-mile light rail line that will run between the Expo Line and connect with the Green Line near the Aviation/LAX Station. When the Crenshaw/LAX line opens in 2020 it will offer the communities of Crenshaw, Inglewood, Westchester and LAX a modern transit option that offers easy access to the rest of the Metro Rail system.
In 2020, Metro is expected to begin major construction on the Airport Metro Connector Station, which will be next to the new rail yard. The station will be the transfer point between local transit — including the Crenshaw/LAX Line and Green Line — and Los Angeles International Airport’s future Automated People Mover (APM) that will transport riders to the airport terminals. The station and people mover are forecast to be complete in 2023.
Here are some other photos from today’s event: