For our community, the Crenshaw/LAX rail line represents the final eight-and-a-half miles of a much longer journey. More than a quarter century ago, Mayor Tom Bradley, Congressman Julian Dixon and then-State Senator Diane Watson championed the idea of a rail line linking the Crenshaw District to a transit network spread across Los Angeles County.
But the Crenshaw line was soon derailed. After languishing for decades, the project was revived in the last two years through a push from County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. Last week, U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer joined Ridley-Thomas, Mayor Villaraigosa and Los Angeles County Federation of Labor head Maria Elena-Durazo to announce a $546 million Obama Administration loan for Crenshaw rail.
The Crenshaw line is back on track, and it’s time to speed that train up! We have been patient. Now we must move full steam ahead.