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L.A. Metro’s Crenshaw/LAX K Line extension has officially opened, running through South Los Angeles and Inglewood. The plan is to ultimately connect the area with the Los Angeles International Airport — though that part of the line won’t open for a couple more years.
The opening (sans direct LAX rail connection) included a K Line Fest hosted Thursday by Metro at Leimert Park Plaza from noon to 6 p.m.
White Hall Academy Arts Choir sings at the opening reception for the new Metro K Line opening to the public in Los Angeles on October 7, 2022.
The crowd at the opening of the K Line in Crenshaw.
People lined up to ride the new route, which opened to the public shortly after noon.
People wait in line outside of Leimert Park Station to be the first to use the Metro K Line on opening day in Los Angeles on October 7, 2022.
People line up to board an escalator down to the new Metro K Line, which opened to the public in Los Angeles on October 7, 2022.
While waiting for the station to open earlier in the day, rider Cynthia Gibson said that she was there because she wanted to be part of transit history. She'll choose the K Line over driving for trips in the area, Gibson said, and also hopes to use it to get to LAX once those stations open — possibly in 2024.
LAist’s Ryan Fonseca was also there and took his first ride shortly after the opening.
Getting an early look at the Leimert Park Station. The train runs mostly underground between here and the Expo Line, but mostly street-level between here and the last stop in Inglewood. pic.twitter.com/5rprA6suOB
Transit planners envisioned an “Airport-Southwest Corridor” that would start in downtown L.A., then run along Exposition, Leimert, and Crenshaw boulevards on its route to LAX. That was 1967. It took more than half a century of studying, planning, and constructing (and delays). What changed: Money. When Measure R passed in 2008, it cleared a path to this day.