Recognizing Essential Workers in the Second District

Shannon McQueen: Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project

Last week’s installment of the Second District essential workers series recognized Juan Cordero who works on the Magic Johnson Park Renovation Project. This week’s feature is dedicated to Shannon McQueen who is working on the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project.

Spotlight on Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project: The $2.05 billion Metro Crenshaw/LAX Line will extend 8.5 miles from the existing Metro Expo/Crenshaw Station to the future Aviation/Century Station, connecting the Expo and Green lines through the cities of Los Angeles and Inglewood.

The new Metro rail line will offer an alternative transportation option to congested roadways and provide significant environmental benefits, economic development, and employment opportunities throughout South Los Angeles.

Metro trains / New Southwestern Yard. Photo by  Dave Franco / Board of Supervisors

Meet Shannon McQueen: Shannon grew up in the City of Inglewood. She is a Safety Manager for Walsh/Shea Corridor Constructors who are overseeing the construction of the Crenshaw/LAX Line.

Shannon was introduced to the construction industry when she was a student. The college she attended had a Justice & Safety program, which inspired her to major in Occupational Safety.

Shannon’s Perspective: Shannon has been working on this project since January of 2016 and this is her first construction project. She believes that the Crenshaw/LAX Line will positively impact the local community by providing much-needed transportation for the city, and it will allow more alternatives for traveling around the region. What she enjoys the most about construction is that no one day is the same and there is never a dull moment.

A typical day for Shannon: Per Shannon, a typical day can vary but she normally starts her mornings in the office with a daily meeting. From there, Shannon hits the field, checks with the crew, and drives the alignment to address whatever safety issues may arise.

Shannon takes pride in being an essential worker because she is part of a vital infrastructure project that needs to be completed to improve our region, she said.