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Crenshaw-South Bay Line

Community Organizing
Meeting of: Crenshaw Subway Coalition
Citizens’ Campaign to Fix the Expo Rail Line
Joint Committee of South L.A. Neighborhood Councils on Rail Transit

November 23, 2009

Joint Committee on Rail Transit
 West Adams Neighborhood Council
 West Area Neighborhood Development
 North Area Neighborhood Development
Organized for the purpose of collaborating on
rail issues in our community
The Long Term Vision:
Hollywood-to-South Bay Line
 A high-speed regional rail
alternative that would have a
monopoly on rapid
transportation along the
corridor due to the absence of
highway alternative north of
 Providing connections to all
four east-west rail lines
 100K/day ridership project
Metro Pink Line by way of the
Grove/CBS Studios (possibly all LRT
or dual mode HRT & LRT)

Funded Green Line Extension to

South Bay Galleria (or beyond)
Crenshaw Line Alignment
Crenshaw Blvd Subway
Paris’ Champs-Elysees Leimert Park Village Mixed-use Park & Ride:

 Crenshaw Blvd is the African-American community’s Champs-Elysees

 Among the long-term benefits: improve the corridor’s development prospects, eliminate the safety
hazards (several schools directly adjacent or within a block of at-grade crossings), need for
parking reductions, and adverse traffic impacts, address environmental justice implications, and
increase operating speed of line
 Among the construction benefits: capture the economies of scale of bored tunneling, and reduce
construction time frame, air quality impacts and other adverse construction impacts
 Comply with community request and local agency policies and recommendations:
 CPUC: evaluate grade separation of all at-grade crossings, and grade separate 57th Streets
and Slauson Ave
 LA City Council: the entire Crenshaw Blvd portion of the project should be built underground
 Crenshaw Specific Plan: Prohibition on overhead utility lines
LRT Subway Costs Comparisons
Eastside Extension Construction Costs from Pg. 5-2 of the FEIR/S
(final cost 7% higher than assumed)

 Raw construction cost of underground Mariachi Plaza and Soto Stations: ~$35M and ~$29M
 Comparatively staff assumes that just one underground Crenshaw LRT station will be $96M per
the DEIR/S
 Staff’s Crenshaw Line underground costs are wildly off the mark
Problem: Harbor Subdivision
Capacity Limitations & Funding
 Section should be built
with the capacity to fit
at least two lines.
 Grade separation
 48-60 trains per hour:
 Crenshaw (24)
 Harbor Local (24)
 Express (12)
 Express service could
include pass-through
tracks at local stations
and modified light rail
vehicles (configured
for large baggage)
 Despite good cost-
effectiveness, high
ridership and a transit
dependent area
Harbor Subdivision
project lacks funding
Solution: Extend Grade Separations
Current MTA Staff Report: Hyde Park Tunnel Extension:

-Green = elevated
-Blue = at-grade
-Red = below grade
-Hazard symbol =
at-grade crossing

Extended I-405-La Cienega-

Current MTA Staff Report: Manchester Overcrossing:

Also needed
but not shown:
-Arbor Vitae
grade sep
-Cedar closure
Alt. Yard Site: Imperial/Aviation
 Site is large enough to fit a consolidated maintenance facility for both the Green &
Crenshaw Lines, and possibly an additional mode (bus division or LAX people mover)
 Among other benefits: Reduced operational cost and may make the maintenance
facility eligible for stimulus funds and/or a LAWA partnership

:Site today

Site shown to
scale with two
Green Line yards:
 Conceptual Planning
 Draft EIR
 Final Planning
 Final EIR Approval
 Construction Begins
 PUC Approval