Tuesday, November 10, 2009

LACMTA staff: Build LRT, not BRT, for South LA

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A report compiled by Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority staff recommends light rail transit over Bus Rapid Transit for an 8.5-mile route through South Los Angeles.

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The recommendation, hailed by some South LA leaders, must still be approved by LACMTA’s planning and programming committee, as well as by the agency’s board of directors.

As LRT, from north to south, the $1.7 billion project (marked by the dark orange dashed line on the map at left) would begin at the intersection of Exposition and Crenshaw boulevards, offering connections to the Expo Line (black dashed line), currently under construction. It would proceed down Crenshaw Boulevard, southwest through Inglewood, and south to a stop near Los Angeles International Airport and a connection with the existing Green Line (at bottom of map).

About 2.5 miles of the project is proposed as a subway,including a section that would run underneath Leimert Park, said Metro Project Manager Roderick Diaz.

"We do consider it a victory," said Trevor Ware, chief operating officer of the Los Angeles Urban League, referring to the choice of LRT. "Look at the transportation options that we have now. We have buses on Crenshaw and we see other neighborhoods that are developing other types of transportation options.”