A recent poll conducted by a market research firm shows support for the C Line (Green) Extension to Torrance Project from residents in Lawndale, Redondo Beach and Torrance. The poll surveyed 670 residents through randomized phone calls across the three Project cities. The survey found that 60% of residents are familiar with the Project and 67% are supportive of the Project. On average, 8% of residents across the three cities oppose the Project and 24% had no opinion.
The South Bay is a significant jobs center, and like many parts of LA County, suffers from congestion, a constrained housing supply, and limited convenient transportation options.
By providing a fast and reliable rail extension to the South Bay, the Project will provide a convenient alternative to driving, that:
- Attracts between 11,500 to 15,600 trips per day by 2042.
- Connects to two new bus transit centers in Redondo Beach and Torrance, which both recently opened this spring.
- Helps meet climate change goals by reducing vehicle trips, saving 49,000 vehicle miles traveled (VMT) per day and reducing air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) with a net reduction of 2,369 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2e) per year in 2042.
- Provides significant travel time savings for people accessing jobs, schools, and major events along the C, K and E lines.
The Metro Board recently approved a new operating plan that will make the light rail extension to Torrance part of the Metro K Line. This change means that travelers will have a one-seat ride (no transfers) from the South Bay to LAX, Inglewood, and the Metro E (Expo) Line – with easy connections to the Westside and Downtown Los Angeles.
Data from the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) anticipates the existing jobs/housing imbalance to worsen in the coming decades with employment growing twice as fast as the population in the South Bay. Connecting the South Bay to the regional rail network is critical to meeting future travel demand, expanding mobility options, and increasing access to opportunities for transit dependent riders.
As shown in the map, Metro modelling illustrates the broad project benefits which extend along the K and C Lines between Central Los Angles, Gateway Cities, and as part south as the Palos Verdes Peninsula.
An Update from the Environmental Review Process
Metro released a Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) on January 27, 2023, and collected public comments over a 61-day review period, including five public hearings. Nearly 2,200 comments were received during the Draft EIR review period, with the majority, over 1,800 comments, focused on alignment preferences.Over two-thirds of alignment comments were in support of the Metro ROW Elevated At-Grade Alignment. Only 6% of comments were in opposition to the Project.
|Support for Draft EIR Alignment/Alternative
|% of Total
|Metro ROW Elevated/At-Grade
|High-Frequency Bus Alternative
|170th/182nd Street Grade Separated Light Rail Alternative (along Metro ROW)
|No Project Alternative
Source: Metro, The Robert Group
Metro is reviewing public comments and will provide a presentation on the Project to a Metro Board committee in September and will return to the Metro Board with a staff recommendation for a Locally Preferred Alternative in October. More information on the Project can be found on the project website, www.metro.net/clineext.
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