Mayor Garcetti Celebrates the Opening of Metro Line K

LOS ANGELES— Mayor Eric Garcetti today celebrated the opening of the K Subway Line – formerly known as the Crenshaw/LAX Project – which brings seven light rail stations south to Los Angeles and will eventually connect to the LAX People Mover and to metro line C (green).

“Today we are realizing a dream that began with Mayor Tom Bradley and has been pursued for decades by countless community and elected leaders: world-class public transportation in South Los Angeles,” said the Mayor Eric Garcetti. “Generations of Angelenos from now on will recognize the opening of this line as a new chapter in the history of Los Angeles transportation – as a time when we opened doors of opportunity to communities that had been ignored for far too long. , and put our commitment to making Los Angeles a more inclusive, accessible and sustainable city into the fast lane.

The new line represents Metro’s largest transportation investment in the South Los Angeles area since the Metro’s A (blue) and C (green) lines were built more than 25 years ago. The seven new stations are now open in Crenshaw, Leimert Park, Hyde Park, Fairview Heights, Inglewood and Westchester. An eighth station will open at Aviation and Century in 2023, and a ninth station will open near LAX in 2024, when Metro completes a new station to connect the K line to the Los Angeles Global Airport automated people mover, which will will provide a direct connection. at LAX terminals.

To commemorate the opening of the line, Metro is offering free rides on all Metro systems, including Metro Bike Share, starting today and throughout the weekend.

The $2.1 billion project was largely funded by local taxes, primarily Metro’s Measure R transportation sales tax measure approved by voters in 2008, as well as a key federal funding loan .

The K line was designed and built with the help of the community and local voices. The project used several small business support programs, the Business Solution Center and the Business Interruption Fund, to help offset construction impacts for local small businesses. The project is the first to be delivered under Metro’s Project Labor Agreement and Construction Careers Policy, and exceeded all of its labor targets, including 60% of hours worked by targeted workers from economically disadvantaged areas.

“The K line will bring a new era of fair transportation investment that will connect the Crenshaw Corridor and Inglewood residents with convenient, fast, reliable and inexpensive rail transportation,” said the council’s first vice-chair. administration of the metro, Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker. “Furthermore, it will provide a new gateway to jobs, education and health care for our communities that need it most.”

“After decades without rail transportation, I’m proud to lead Metro as it delivers the K line to Crenshaw, Inglewood and every other South Los Angeles community.” said Metro CEO Stephanie Wiggins. “We are forever grateful to area residents and businesses for welcoming us into the community during a long and technically complex construction period. I know the K Line will be well used and loved by these communities and the rest of Los Angeles County for decades to come.

With Measure M, a voter-approved transit tax championed by Mayor Garcetti in 2016, the agency has the largest rail expansion program in the United States. Metro is currently constructing the Regional Connector Transit Project in Downtown LA and the Line D (Purple) Extension Project in three separate segments between Downtown LA and West Los Angeles . The East San Fernando Valley Light Rail Transit Project, which will connect the heart of the Valley to West Los Angeles by rail, is currently in contracting process. Metro’s building authority partner, the Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority, is also building an L (Gold) Line extension further east in the San Gabriel Valley. Many other metro and bus projects are also in various stages of development.

Mayor Garcetti spent three terms as chair of Metro’s board of directors, where he advocated for investments in transportation infrastructure and free transportation for riders of all ages. Under his leadership, LA has earned more than $10 billion in combined state and federal competitive grants and funding for local transportation projects.

Mayor Garcetti pushed Metro to create and accelerate some of the nation’s most ambitious sustainability goals, including a commitment to fully electrify Metro’s bus fleet by 2030. Last year, Mayor celebrated the full electrification of Metro Line G (Orange), and in 2020, LADOT placed the largest electric bus order in US history with 155 buses in total. Metro has now ordered a total of 145 electric buses, of which 46 have been delivered to date.

For more information on the K line, visit: kline.metro.net.

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