The Crenshaw Line Is Taking Shape, and Suddenly 2019 Can’t Get Here Fast Enough

L.A.’s newest north-south rail is looking nearly ready for primetime

It seems Metro has learned a lot about building rail lines since the Blue Line opened for service way back in 1990. The agency’s latest project, the LAX-adjacent Crenshaw Line, is moving at a steady, speedy clip. New pics from Metro’s blog, The Source, show tunnels etched underneath iconic Crenshaw Boulevard and a newly-unwrapped train bridge over the 405 (imagine, trains over the 405!). Even stations are starting to sprout, with the Downtown Inglewood stop—about a mile-and-a-half from the Forum—getting its graceful canopies installed a few weeks ago.

Maybe the best tease is a new video rendering of the LAX people mover from Los Angeles World Airports. The PM—arriving every two minutes and free to the public—will connect travelers from the Crenshaw Line’s 96th Street station to the airport’s terminals, a centralized rental car facility, and an intermodal transportation facility, which will make it easy to drop fliers off. LAWA estimates the people mover will slice car traffic at the airport by 27 percent.

Even with all the fast-moving progress, Metro is sticking to “late 2019” for Crenshaw’s anticipated opening (the PM won’t open until two years later). But as the agency learned with the oft-delayed opening of the Expo Line’s first phase, it’s always better to under-promise and over-deliver.

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