Watch This Tunneling Machine Grind Through a Wall at South L.A.’s New Subway Stop

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Metro is working hard to deliver its latest rail project—the Crenshaw Line, which will connect the Green Line to the Expo Line and provide a station to LAX—in three years. Stations and bridges are sprouting, and a tunnel boring machine named Harriet is munching underneath Crenshaw Boulevard.

Harriet, named for Underground Railroad hero Harriet Tubman, recently arrived at the future Crenshaw/Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. station after moving south from the under-construction Expo/Crenshaw subway station (check out the video below). At 950 tons, Harriet digs about 60 feet per day; she’s now en route to the future station underneath historic Leimert Park Village.

Senator Barbara Boxer will be celebrating the Crenshaw Line at an event tomorrow at the Green Line’s Aviation Station. Boxer fought hard to get federal funding for the project, which will include a station connecting to an LAX people mover (that station, at 96th Street, just snagged its own bucks). The automated people mover, to be built by Los Angeles World Airports, should open a few years after the Crenshaw Line’s 2019 ribbon-cutting, and hopefully in time for the possible 2024 Summer Olympic games in L.A.

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