Ridley-Thomas To Lead New MTA Chief On Tour Along Crenshaw Transit Corridor Today

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas on Tuesday will lead newly-appointed Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Chief Executive Officer Arthur T. Leahy on a tour along the Crenshaw Transit Corridor, part of a major project to improve public transit services in the Crenshaw Corridor between Wilshire and El Segundo Boulevards.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: Corner of Crenshaw Blvd. and Martin Luther King Blvd. (First stop of tour in front of the Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw Shopping Mall)

Mobility requirements in the corridor have been well documented in many studies, over more than 15 years, including the Crenshaw-Prairie Corridor Preliminary Planning Study (1994), the Route Refinement Study (2000), the Major Investment Study (MIS) (2003), and the 2004 Regional Transportation Plan.

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas, a voting member of the MTA board, will direct the tour of proposed transit stops along the corridor. Major transit investments planned for the corridor will improve mobility in the Crenshaw Transit Corridor and serve as an “economic engine” for the Second District.

The Crenshaw Transit Corridor extends approximately 10 miles from Wilshire Boulevard on the north to El Segundo Boulevard on the south. The overall goal of the proposed project is to connect Crenshaw with existing lines, such as the Metro Green Line, the Exposition Light Rail Line, which is currently under construction, and the “Subway to the Sea” down Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles International Airport and communities in the South Bay.