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A Bummer of a Route Selected for Crenshaw Line

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The Daily Breeze headed out to Wednesday's Crenshaw/Prairie Transit Corridor Study meeting (two more left) and found themselves in what we would consider a very disappointing night of transit development:

The Crenshaw line would... pass within a mile of Los Angeles International Airport.

This is starting to sound eerily familliar. However...

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In a letter last fall, LAWA [Los Angeles World Airports) officials encouraged the MTA to strongly consider the needs of air passengers when deciding where to put the Crenshaw Line. Specifically, LAWA floated the possibility of a terminal at Century Boulevard and Aviation, where the rail line, bus lines and a people mover could converge. The MTA's recommended route would keep that option alive, though the idea of a central passenger collection point has been criticized because it might create a potential terrorism target. The concept has been dormant since Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was elected.

Is that a credible threat?
... officials released a plan to run the line along existing track through an industrial area of Inglewood, avoiding the city's main commercial thoroughfares.

And the people rejoiced. There will be easier access to rave parties.

The MTA also has shelved the idea of extending the Crenshaw Line north to link up with the existing subway terminus at Wilshire Boulevard and Western Avenue. Diaz said that Crenshaw becomes too narrow north of Exposition and that the surrounding neighborhood is incompatible with rail transit.

That means the entirety of the Crenshaw Line will be south of the Santa Monica (10) Freeway, and its only link to downtown Los Angeles will be via the Expo Line, which is now under construction.

Distance wise, the north of Exposition would-be-now-shelved route is about three and a half miles. At least it's "shelved." For now, you can walk three miles faster than a train, a transfer and a train.

Previously on LAist
-- Riding the Rails (and Biking) Directly to LAX
-- Crenshaw Blvd: The not-so talked about transit corridor

Bolding used for emphasize only. Photo by Fred Camino of MetroRiderLA via Flickr