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December 11, 2009 | By Ari B. Bloomekatz
A new light-rail system through South Los Angeles and the South Bay was approved by transit officials Thursday, but some local politicians and residents worry that the rail line could pose similar problems that have hampered other projects. The 8 1/2 -mile line is the biggest beneficiary to date of Measure R, the half-cent sales tax for transportation projects that L.A. County voters approved last year. Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials said Measure R revenues would provide most of the estimated $1.7 billion needed for the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor Project, which would pay for a relatively bare-bones version of the line.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 2014 | Laura J. Nelson
The crunch of a bulldozer biting into a Crenshaw Boulevard school signaled the start of heavy construction Tuesday on the latest addition to Los Angeles' steadily expanding rail network, a light-rail line that will connect the Mid-City area to the South Bay by the end of the decade. The 8.5-mile Crenshaw/LAX Line will be the first new rail service in a generation to traverse transit-dependent South Los Angeles, increasing connections to a train system that now reaches to Long Beach, the Westside, the San Fernando Valley and the San Gabriel Valley.
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NEWS
January 10, 1993
County transportation planners are launching a $300,000 study on the feasibility of installing a light-rail line to parallel the transit corridor outlined by San Bernardino and Pomona freeways. "This will be an important step toward bringing rail transit to a major portion of eastern Los Angeles County," Supervisor Deane Dana said of the study, as he announced that three supervisorial districts will provide $25,000 to help pay for it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 2014 | By Laura J. Nelson
Officials celebrated the groundbreaking Tuesday for the $2.06-billion north-south Crenshaw Line that will connect the Mid-City Expo Line with the South Bay's Green Line.  "This is a day that Angelenos deserve, a great day for L.A., a day to move America forward," Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said. The Department of Transportation also announced Tuesday that the project would receive a $545.9-million loan. The project also is expected to receive about $130 million in other federal transportation funds, according to a statement.  LIVE CHAT: Discuss $2-billion Crenshaw line at 9 a.m. Wednesday "This is a partnership -- a local, state and federal partnership," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.
NEWS
November 14, 1993 | MIGUEL BUSTILLO
A possible light-rail line and the impact of an upcoming environmental report on the Crenshaw Boulevard business corridor were discussed at a citizens advisory meeting last week. Representatives from the Metropolitan Transit Authority, the Community Redevelopment Agency, City Councilman Nate Holden and several local business owners were at the Wednesday meeting along with 20 people from the community at Continental Cablevision, 2900 Crenshaw Blvd.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 1988
Why are elected officials allowing 600 homeowners, totally ignorant of what light rail is, to kill a wonderful opportunity in the proposed Chandler-Victory light-rail line? After reading numerous accounts of San Fernando Valley homeowners' whining about noise, ground vibrations, crime, visual blight and reduced property values, all I can say is prove it! What studies have these people commissioned to back up these ridiculous claims? Let's get some facts straight: --Light-rail transportation systems are not powered by diesel engines, in contrast to freight/Amtrak trains.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 2000
At the very end of the long news story hyping light rail, Bill Hodge, an Orange County Transportation Authority spokesman, was quoted as saying "In 20 years, [light rail] may be the only way to get around quickly in this area" ("New Legs for Light Rail," Dec. 6). Anything is possible, but Hodge's hyperbole is not supported by the facts. Over the last 10 years, the OCTA has spent more than $10 million on rail studies, and in every case, light rail would not reduce traffic congestion and its collateral effect, air pollution.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 1999
Why hasn't anyone figured out that the proposed Fullerton-to-Irvine light-rail line would be a huge redundancy? Metrolink and Amtrak both run between those cities. Metrolink, particularly, is a commuter line and has intermediate stops in Anaheim, Orange and Santa Ana between those two cities. All that is needed is to run Metrolink both directions during the middle of the day and add a couple of late-night runs and the commuting problem between those two cities is solved. Light rail works only in densely populated areas, and even then it is questionable.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 1995
In a victory for supporters of the Pasadena Blue Line, the California Transportation Commission has appropriated $40 million for right-of-way acquisition and construction. The allocation from Proposition 116 rail bonds brings to $88 million the state's investment in the planned 13.6-mile light rail line between Downtown Los Angeles and east Pasadena.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 1993
A Los Angeles County transportation panel approved an environmental report Wednesday for a proposed light rail line connecting Burbank, Glendale and downtown Los Angeles. The 11.9-mile line, which would begin at the Burbank Airport and run south through Glendale to Union Station, is one of six rail projects competing for funding priority under the county's 30-year Integrated Transportation Plan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson
The Metro Expo Line was already under construction when Ryan Vincent started house-hunting. His goal: to live within walking distance of a light-rail station. "Every house I looked at, I was doing the mental calculus," Vincent, 39, said. "Would I be willing to walk from that address to the train?" He settled with his girlfriend and his dog in a Spanish-style home in West Adams, two blocks from the Farmdale Station. Since then, his Honda Civic hybrid has mostly sat unused. The small changes Vincent made in his daily life, including finding a doctor and a dentist with offices near a train stop, mirror the behavior of many households living near the Expo Line, according to a USC study released Monday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 2013 | By Christine Mai-Duc
As the Metropolitan Transportation Authority prepares to take up a long agenda Thursday that could determine how billions of dollars are spent on projects countywide, city leaders in the South Bay are focused on a proposal they say could divert nearly $100 million from their own highway and roads projects. The plan aims to close a $160-million funding gap on Metro's Crenshaw-LAX light-rail line. But South Bay officials say it comes at the expense of millions promised to South Bay voters in 2008, when Los Angeles County voters passed Measure R, the county's half-cent sales tax. "This is not keeping the faith of the voters," said Jacki Bacharach, executive director of the South Bay Cities Council of Governments.
OPINION
May 1, 2013 | By Mark Ridley-Thomas
Two years ago, every one of the elected officials representing South Los Angeles - members of the City Council, the Legislature and Congress - joined in an unprecedented show of unity to call for the Crenshaw-to-LAX light-rail line to include a stop in Leimert Park Village. Hundreds of residents packed the Metropolitan Transportation Authority hearing room and urged the board to include this historic stop in what is the heart of the African American community and, increasingly, an important residential and business center for Latinos.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2012 | By Ari Bloomekatz, Los Angeles Times
After numerous delays and cost increases, Los Angeles County transportation officials Friday said the first segment of the long-awaited Expo Line will finally open to the public April 28. The light-rail line will carry commuters 7.9 miles between downtown Los Angeles and the eastern edge of Culver City in about half an hour. "Some of us didn't think we'd live long enough to see this day, but we made it," said Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, who is also a Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority board member.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 2012 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
The Metrolink commuter railroad held a safety workshop Tuesday for officials responsible for overseeing transportation agencies that operate buses, trains, subways and light rail lines throughout the region. The one-day program at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles brought together federal and state safety experts, transportation agency executives and members of transportation commissions in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties. The program included presentations by National Transportation Safety Board member Robert Sumwalt and former Deputy Secretary of Transportation Mortimer Downey, who now serves on the Washington Metro board of directors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 2012 | By Ari Bloomekatz, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles transportation officials want to ask voters during next fall's presidential election to support at least a 10-year extension of the Measure R sales tax, a move that could raise billions more for transit projects and likely speed construction. When officials convinced the county electorate in 2008 to overwhelmingly approve the half-cent levy for rail and other transportation efforts, it increased the sales tax in Los Angeles County to 9.75% — one of the highest rates in California.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 1989 | TIM WATERS, Times Staff Writer
A proposal to build a costly elevated light-rail line down the middle of busy Hawthorne Boulevard will be the topic of a public forum Tuesday at Torrance City Hall. City Council members scheduled the 5:30 p.m. hearing last week after receiving a draft engineering study on the ambitious transit project. The line, which would connect to another that is being built as part of the Century Freeway, is in the early planning stages and faces numerous funding and other obstacles.
NEWS
March 28, 1985 | DARYL KELLEY, Times Staff Writer
In a move that could block construction of the $675-million Los Angeles-to-Long Beach trolley, a divided City Council on Tuesday endorsed a plan that would allow the light-rail line to run through downtown Compton only if it is placed in a costly trench below street level.
OPINION
May 26, 2011 | By Mark Ridley-Thomas
On Thursday, the 13-member Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board will vote on two issues of significant concern to the people of South Los Angeles: whether the new Crenshaw-to-LAX light-rail line will include a station in Leimert Park Village, and whether it will go underground along a congested stretch along the Park Mesa Heights stretch of Crenshaw Boulevard. The planned rail project will run about 8.5 miles along Crenshaw Boulevard, from the planned Expo Line on the north to the Green Line on the south.
BUSINESS
May 26, 2011 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
At first glance, office buildings in the rustic complex on the edge of Culver City look decidedly down-market. The mismatched assortment of corrugated steel, wood and concrete structures on La Cienega Boulevard were thrown up haphazardly after World War II. But inside it's a different story. The complex today, known as Blackwelder, is home to upscale firms in creative fields such as movie production and fashion, and the renovated interiors tend to be rich in design with walnut stairs, European-style kitchens and 3-D theaters.
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