Metro officials announce Wednesday “substantial completion”This is the main part of the Crenshaw/LAX lightrail link between the Expo (E) Line located in West Adams and the Green (C) Line close to Los Angeles International Airport. Some portions of the route are expected to be open to passengers by late-summer.
Metro says that two sections are almost complete. These sections run from the Aviation/LAX Green Line station at the airport to Leimert. The line will be open for testing in the coming five to six months by Metro, with an opening expected in late summer. A precise opening date has yet to be announced.
“The Crenshaw/LAX Line is integral to L.A.’s transportation future, and today’s milestone is proof of our extraordinary progress,”Mayor Eric Garcetti stated in a statement. “We’ve promised Angelenos a state-of-the-art transit system in South L.A. for years, and today, we want to thank our residents and businesses for their perseverance and support — and proudly share that in just a few months, we’ll open up a new train that will ease congestion, improve public health and connect their communities with the rest of our rapidly expanding transit network.”
The original plan was for the 8.5-mile transit line to be completed by 2020. However, delays due to construction problems caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Metro delayed the $2 billion project’s completion until early 2021. Then, it moved it to 2022.
Metro will be opening the first section of the line between the Westchester/Veterans station close to Manchester and Florence avenues after it completes testing.
The Southern stretch of trains between Westchester/Veterans and Aviation/LAX stations will not be opened for service until late 2023, when work on an Airport Metro Connector station platform will be completed. This will allow for future people-movers that will transport passengers to LAX terminals. The southern portion of the rail route’s route will be served by buses until then.
It is expected that the final northern section of the line will be opened in late 2023, connecting to the Metro Expo Line (E) Line.
Crenshaw/LAX Line is considered a crucial element in providing alternative transportation from the airport. It is expected to ease traffic at Inglewood’s SoFi Stadium on game days. Although the rail line doesn’t stop at the stadium yet, Inglewood wants to construct a 1.8-mile people-mover that will connect the stadium with the closest rail station.
Metro officials said Wednesday that they have done everything possible to reduce the negative effects of the lengthy construction project on local businesses. The agency has paid out more $20.1 million to over 230 customers. “mom and pop”Since the work began in 2014, businesses have been using the services of the company.