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Crenshaw Blvd: The not-so talked about transit corridor

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Imagine a day when the Purple Line "subway to the sea" and Expo Line to Culver City (and eventually to Santa Monica) are a reality. Two rail lines running parallel from Downtown to the ocean -- are we mad men or what? But what about traveling north-south? Enter the Crenshaw/Prairie Transit Corridor:

The Crenshaw/Prairie Transit Corridor extends approximately 10 miles north from Wilshire Boulevard, south to El Segundo Boulevard, east to Arlington Avenue and west to Sepulveda Bouelvard and La Tijera Bouelavard/La Brea Avenue and includes the cities of Los Angeles, Inglewood, Hawthorne, El Segundo and portions of unincorporated Los Angeles County. Metro will consider several transit modes such as Metro Rapid Bus, Metro Rapid Transit (MRT) (a dedicated lane) and Light Rail Transit (LRT). The purpose of this effort is to identify potential alternatives to improve public transit service by connecting with existing rail lines, such as the Metro Green or Purple Lines, or approved transit lines such as the Metro Exposition Light Rail (under current construction). [Metro Press Release]

Connect to three rail lines? Possibility of going to LAX? Holy! Even if only early in planning stages, we are seriously visioning a mature Los Angeles transit/infrastructure network.

People erroneously complain that the "subways goes no where," yet we have to realize that we start a major transit system by laying one track at a time. Finishing one project only begets another. Eventually and hopefully the system will become massive.

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Large Scale Image of the Map seen to the right and Community Meetings Information after the jump.

Info about meetings below image...

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The community meetings are as follows:

Monday, October 15
6 to 8 p.m.
Darby Park
3400 W. Arbor Vitae St.
Inglewood, CA 90305
(310) 412-5391

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Wednesday, October 17
6 to 8 p.m.
Nate Holden Performing Arts Center
4718 W. Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90016
(323) 964-9768

Saturday, October 20
9 to 11 a.m.
Audubon Middle School
4120 11th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90008
(323) 290-6300

At the beginning of each meeting, there will be an open house format where Metro will provide the public opportunities to speak with project representatives and view study display maps. After a project presentation, including its purpose and need, Metro will request public input through the submission of written and verbal comments. Those unable to attend the meetings can submit their comments by writing to Alan Patashnick, Metro Planning Director South Bay Area, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), Mail Stop 99-22-3, One Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Comments may also be submitted through e-mail at patashnickalan@metro.net or by phone on the project information line at (213) 922-2736. Comments should be received no later than Monday, November 5, 2007.

Maps courtesy of Metro