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Public Transit to LAX Kinda, Sorta Closer to Reality: Crenshaw Light Rail Project Gets Federal OK

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A light rail line connecting Metro's Green Line and Expo Line through a busy corridor has received a crucial approval from the Federal Transit Administration.

"The FTA's Record of Decision gives the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority the green light to acquire property, purchase rail cars and move utilities to build the light rail," according to City News Service.

The proposed Crenshaw line is 8.5 miles long, and will connect with the Expo Line on the north end and the Green Line on the south end, serving passengers near Leimert Park, in Inglewood, Hawthorne and El Segundo.

The bummer: The Crenshaw line still won't go all the way to the Los Angeles International Airport; passengers will still be left about an eighth of a mile from LAX.

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Construction could begin in the summer, and the line is anticipated to open in 2018.