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Metro Urges Light Rail for South L.A. Transit Line

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Metro staff yesterday recommended that the Crenshaw Corridor be light rail, not a rapid bus line. This comes after urging of many, including County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who represents the area. The Line would run about 11 miles, from Exposition and Crenshaw (also home to a future Expo Line station) to the Metro Green Line Aviation/LAX station. Proposed stations, via a committee document (.pdf), would be Exposition/Crenshaw, Crenshaw/Martin Luther King Jr., Crenshaw/Slauson, Florence/West, Florence/La Brea, Aviation/Manchester (optional), Aviation/Century. A station is also being considered at Crenshaw/Vernon.

8.5 miles of the line will run above surface, with about 2.5 miles running underground, according to the LA Times.

The recommendation will go before Metro Board of Director’s planning committee on November 18th.

[For the Record: An earlier version of this post stated that the recommendation would go forward to the full Metro Board of Directors, not the planning committee.]