Thursday, May 23, 2013

LA neighborhood gets desired LRT stop

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In Los Angeles, rail advocates in the Crenshaw neighborhood has lobbied to be included in LA Metro's namesake light rail line, despite concerns expressed that the money required was not available. A local station now appears more likely, though the station's actual configuration remains unresolved.

The City Council has approved $40 million for construction of such a stop, at Leimert Park, though officials note it may not cover the full cost of the station stop.

The $1.7 billion Crenshaw Line, connecting the Expo Line in South LA to the Green Line near (but not to) Los Angeles International Airport, is scheduled to begin revenue service in 2018.

A second obstacle also remains. Many residents living near the proposed stop are supportive, but some among them want an underground station. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transporation Authority (LACMTA) estimates the cost of an underground LRT stop to approach $130 million.

But LACMTA officials say they are worried about the price tag, which was originally estimated to be more than $130 million if the stop is put underground.