Los Angeles County Supervisor and Metro Board member Mark Ridley-Thomas today joined Metro CEO Phil Washington on a tour of the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project’s Leimert Park Station to see the progress of the future light rail line. Metro also honored Supervisor Ridley-Thomas for his contributions to the project.
The Leimert Park Station is one of the three underground stations located in the Crenshaw District, which has long been the heart and soul of the L.A. region’s Black community.
Those with long memories may recall that the Crenshaw/LAX Line was originally envisioned as a bus rapid transit line. Supervisor Ridley-Thomas strongly advocated that the Crenshaw Corridor and connections to LAX merited a rail line. He also pushed for adding the Leimert Park Station to be added to the project. The rail line originally had stations at Crenshaw/Exposition and Crenshaw/Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard.
“I am grateful that the Metro Board had the fortitude and dedication to move forward with the Crenshaw/LAX Project and build this station in Leimert Park – the artistic and cultural center of African American life of Los Angeles,” said Supervisor Ridley-Thomas, who is completing his third and final term on the Board of Supervisors. “This project is not just a transit station people will pass through, but a destination where riders of all backgrounds will experience the best that Los Angeles has to offer.”
The Leimert Park station will also feature new artworks.
The 8.5-mile Crenshaw/LAX Line is a $2.148-billion light rail line that will run between the C Line (Green) and the E Line (Expo). Eight new stations will serve the communities of Crenshaw, Inglewood, Westchester and LAX communities. Construction is 97 percent complete.
An additional station will be added to the line at Aviation Boulevard and 96th Street. That station will serve as the transfer point to the LAX Automated People Mover that will whisk riders to the LAX passenger terminals. The people mover is being built by Los Angeles World Airports.