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Op-Ed: Crenshaw Line Has Momentum

By Bishop Gregory L. Dixon, Gene Hale and Mayor Daniel K. Tabor

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.

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Rail Line To LAX Gets $546 Million Boost

Crenshaw Corridor

SUPERVISOR RIDLEY-THOMAS APPLAUDS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION LOAN AS CRUCIAL TO LONG-AWAITED CRENSHAW LINE

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas today joined U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer in announcing a vital U.S. Department of Transportation loan of $546 million for the eagerly anticipated Crenshaw/LAX Light Rail Line.

“Senator Boxer heard the voices of the Crenshaw community and has led us to this major triumph in our quest for a first-class rail system. It is our hope this massive infusion of federal funds will be used to move passengers to the Crenshaw corridor and on to LAX on a train that goes underground to enhance prosperity without disrupting the streetscapes of our neighborhoods,” Ridley-Thomas said.

The Crenshaw/LAX line represents the largest public works investment in South Los Angeles in history. “This project is the result of tireless efforts of a coalition of organizations and citizens who have joined together to make this vision of a new line a reality, but would not have been possible without the push in Washington from Senator Boxer,” said Supervisor Ridley-Thomas.

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Join The Transit-Oriented Development Tour For The Crenshaw/LAX Rail Line

METRO Wilshire

Please join the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) and the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles (CRA/LA) to learn more about Metro’s transit system and Transit-Oriented Developments (TOD).

Saturday, October 23, 2010 (10 a.m. – 3 p.m.)

The Bus Tour will depart from the West Angeles Church of God in Christ 30th St. Parking Lot, located at 2956 Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016 (NE Corner of 30th St. and Crenshaw Blvd.). Served by Metro Lines 37, 38, 210, 305, &710.

TOD projects reduce auto use and increase transit ridership by directly linking Metro’s transportation network with retail, commercial, and housing opportunities, while enhancing the overall land use and economic development goals for the surrounding community.

Due to limited space, RSVP’s are required by October 18th. To RSVP, please contact Kinya Claiborne at 310-333-1846 or RSVP@mckissackmw.com or Victoria Woods at 213-977-2647 or vwoods@cra.lacity.org.

Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor Station Area Planning Workshops and Project Update Meetings

Crenshaw LAX Corridor

The Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor Team welcomes your participation at the Station Area Planning Workshops/Project Update Meetings. Over the past few months, we have held several Station Area Planning Workshops. During the next series of community workshops, we will provide a project update, discuss input received from past workshops, and present new information on station alternatives, station area planning, streetscape, and landscape design concepts. We will also provide an update on the maintenance facility site evaluation.

Thursday, October 28, 2010 (6pm -8pm)
Florence/West Station
Inglewood City Hall – Community Room, First Floor
One W. Manchester Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90301
Served by Metro Lines 40, 115, 740, 111, 711 & 212.

Thursday, November 4, 2010 (6pm – 8pm)
Crenshaw/MLK & Crenshaw/Vernon Stations
LADWP Crenshaw Customer Service Center Auditorium
4030 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90008
Served by Metro Lines 40, 105, 210, 305, 710 & 740.

Saturday, November 6, 2010 (10am – Noon)
Florence/La Brea Station
Faithful Central Church – The Living Room
400 W. Florence Ave., Inglewood, CA 90301
Served by Metro Lines 40, 111, 115, 212 & 740.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 (6pm – 8pm)
Crenshaw/Slauson Station, Park Mesa Heights Alignment
Crenshaw High School Library
5010 11th Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90043
Served by Metro Lines 40 & 210.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010 (6pm – 8pm)
Aviation/Manchester & Aviation/Century Stations
Westchester Senior Center
8740 Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045.
Served by Metro Line 115.

Thursday, November 18, 2010 (6pm – 8pm)
Crenshaw/Exposition Station
West Angeles Church – The Crystal Room
3045 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016
Served by Metro Lines 38, 210, 305 & 710.

All are welcome to attend, and you are encouraged to share this invitation with fellow community members, neighbors, and any others. We look forward to your participation in the planning process.

To RSVP or for more information, please contact Kinya Claiborne at 310.333.1846 or RSVP@mckissackmw.com.

For more information on the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor visit metro.net/crenshaw.

FREE Summer Concert Series Continues at Crenshaw Plaza This Thursday!

Crenshaw Plaza Music

Sy Smith
Thursday, August 5, 2010 (7-8 p.m.)
Outdoor Stage (Adjacent to Movie Theatre)

A Los Angeles based indie soul artist whose quirky sound is most refreshingly easy on the ears. Sy has sung with Whitney Houston, Macy Gray, Usher, Jamie Foxx, Me’shell N’degeocello, DJ Quik, Eric Benet, Ginuwine and Brandi.

Come early for pre-show entertainment featuring KJLH.