The community wants the Crenshaw-to-LAX light rail line to have a train station in Leimert Park. The community wants that same line to stay underground through Park Mesa Heights instead of running down the middle of Crenshaw Boulevard. What has been the key point of opposition to these two reasonable requests by residents and business owners, churches and other stakeholders along the route? Money. But late last week, staff at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority did some digging. The result? By realigning existing funds, Metro could cover the costs for these two key features of the upcoming Crenshaw/LAX Light Rail Line.
The funding study, requested by Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, examines ways to pay for a rail station at Leimert Park Village (estimated cost $131 million) and moving an 11-block section of the rail line along Crenshaw Boulevard below ground (estimated cost $269 million).
The report from Metro’s planning division identifies $2 billion from which portions could be shifted to cover the Crenshaw project costs.
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