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Dozens Turn Out for First Meeting About Train from Wilshire to LAX

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Photo by LA Wad via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr


Photo by LA Wad via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr
The first of four public meetings about the Crenshaw Corridor project was last night, with 50 to 60 people reportedly showing up. Out of those who attended, "about a dozen spoke their two minutes — with nearly every public speaker in favor of the light rail option," wrote transit blogger LA Wad on MetroRiderLA. That included LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas who paid a surprise visit to the meeting in support of the light rail option.

Two main alignments are being examined (see a map here). One is a bus rapid transit route that would connect to the Wilshire and Western Purple Line station to LAX/Green Line station via a series of mixed traffic lanes, dedicated curb lanes and a busway such as the one seen in the Valley with the Orange Line. The second, more popular alignment, is the light rail that would begin at Wilshire and La Brea (a hopefully future Purple Line station) and also end near LAX. The chosen alignment should be voted on in December by Metro's board, according to Ridley-Thomas.

The second community meeting will be held tonight in West Los Angeles followed by meetings in Inglewood and South LA. A full meeting list is here.

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A number of other transit-oriented community meetings are taking place this month including the city's bicycle draft plan, bus lanes on Wilshire Boulevard and improvements to the Rosa Parks station where the Blue and Green lines converge.