September 2, 2011 16 Comments
I may be a year or so late to the planning game, but I think this is an important idea. I’ve been working on maps and thinking about it for a week or so, since I attended the Metro “Green Line to LAX” community meeting and realized that what would really improve transit to LAX is a “one-seat ride.” With all of the options, this would still be impossible from anywhere but the Green Line.
The issue becomes even more timely today as Metro just released the Final Environmental Impact Report for the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor, which is the missing link in this “one-seat ride” ideal.
The report suggests an underground station (terminus) for the Crenshaw Line at the intersection of Expo and Crenshaw. The study says that engineers found it “technically infeasible” for the line to be at-grade here. They recommend the line and station be underground (Design option 6, they call it) requiring a “northern terminus.” The suggestion is to end the line underground, requiring riders to exit the station and cross the street to the Expo line if they need to transfer. What I propose, however, is connecting the tracks so there is no transfer needed at all.