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Video: Fly Along The Future Crenshaw/LAX Line With This Rendering
With Metro set to work on a new, county-wide set of transit projects (some are already in the works, like the extension of the Purple Line), and with millions of dollars going into these works (thanks to the passing of Measure M), Angelenos are probably curious about what, exactly, these developments will look like.
Metro worked with students from LA Trade Tech Community College to produce a video on the future Crenshaw/LAX Line. The video features a rendering of the entire line, with the audience (us) flying over the tracks.
The quality of the rendering is superlative. We make a brief pit stop at each of the stations to see what they may look like once they’re completed (the Leimert Park station’s got some leisurely-looking palm trees). We also get an idea of which sections of the route will run below, at, and above street level. We even get some local landmarks (like the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza and the Faithful Central Bible Church) to give us a sense of the surroundings. As Metro noted on The Source, the video was done not just for the benefit of the viewer, but also as a means for the agency to establish a partnership with technical college students and lend them a grasp of “architectural and engineering concepts early and encourage more students to pursue advanced degrees in architecture, planning and engineering.” Earlier this year, Metro had also released a set of renderings on what the stations will look like from the inside.
As for the line itself, it’s already under construction and is more than halfway complete. It will start at the Expo/Crenshaw station in Jefferson Park, and extend all the way down to LAX, with seven stops in between. The whole project is expected to be finished by fall of 2019. There are also plans for a northward extension of the Crenshaw line, which would connect it with the Purple Line.
It should be noted that the Crenshaw/LAX line is made possible through Measure R (which was approved by voters in 2008), and not Measure M. Though we do hope that many of the projects coming through Measure M will get the same treatment as the Crenshaw line did in this video.
For a map of the Crenshaw/LAX line's projected route, check out this map here.