UPDATE: Citations will begin Jan. 3, not Dec. 1, as we originally posted.
Metro and the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department have extended the warning period to January 3, 2022, before beginning to implement their photo enforcement program along Crenshaw Boulevard for the future Crenshaw/LAX light rail line.
The photo enforcement program will help keep drivers and community members safe by deterring motorists from disobeying traffic signals.
After meeting with the community and receiving feedback about its implementation timeline, Metro decided to extend the warning period until December 1 to give the community, residents, and motorist more time to become familiar with the changes in traffic patterns on the new rail crossings.
The enforcement program is specifically aimed at mitigating potential train/vehicle collisions and resulting injuries and/or fatalities. The program also seeks to improve vehicular and pedestrian safety in the Crenshaw District community.
Metro is dedicated to reducing the number of accidents, injuries and fatalities associated with red light violations at all streets and highway rail-grade crossings. Helping ensure motorist safety and the safety of the surrounding community is a key agency priority before, during and after the Crenshaw/LAX light rail line opens to the public.
Metro began intermittent train testing on Crenshaw Boulevard in December 2020. The photo enforcement program will detect motorists who make illegal left-hand turns. Cameras will operate at the following 10 intersections along Crenshaw Boulevard:
· Southbound Crenshaw to 48th St East
· Southbound Crenshaw to 52nd St East
· Northbound Crenshaw to 52nd St West
· Southbound Crenshaw to 54th St East
· Northbound Crenshaw to 54th St West
· Northbound Crenshaw to 57th St West
· Southbound Crenshaw to 59th St East
· Northbound Crenshaw to 59th St West
· Southbound Crenshaw to Slauson East
· Northbound Crenshaw to Slauson West
Motorists who violate the left-hand turn traffic signal during the warning period will receive a letter advising them that their vehicle was photographed violating the red-light at a designated rail crossing.
Motorists who disobey traffic signals and operate vehicles in an illegal manner after Jan. 2, 2022, will begin receiving traffic citations in the mail for violations at the 10 locations. Citations average around $100 and could include additional penalties and assessments.
Metro has previously implemented a photo enforcement program on its other transit lines, including the A Line (Blue), L Line (Gold), G Line (Orange) and E Line (Expo).
For more information on this photo enforcement program, call the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project information line at (213) 922-2736 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Crenshaw/LAX Line
The Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project will bring 8.5-miles of new light rail extending service from Metro’s E Line (Expo) at the Expo/Crenshaw Station to Metro’s C Line (Green) at the Aviation/LAX Station. When in operation the new light rail line will have eight new stations serving the Crenshaw, Inglewood, Westchester, and LAX communities. Riders will have easier connections within the Metro Rail system, municipal bus lines, and other regional transportation services. Metro is also constructing a transit station that will connect LAX to the regional rail system. The Airport Metro Connector transit station at Aviation Bl and 96th St will provide a direct connection to LAX’s future Automated People Mover.