YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsLight Rail Lines

Light Rail Lines

December 8, 2007
Subway riders: A Nov. 30 article in the California section about a plan to install turnstiles in MTA rail stations said the city of Los Angeles bears the loss when passengers on subways, light rail lines and buses ride without paying. The loss is to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which operates the transit system.
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.
March 16, 1999
Is the transit glass half-empty, as The Times suggests ("MTA in Denial," editorial, March 10), or half-full? Less than 20 years ago, it looked doubtful that by 1999 Los Angeles would have a nearly completed subway to Hollywood (and soon to North Hollywood), two very successful light-rail lines to Long Beach and along the Century Freeway and a very popular Metrolink commuter rail system. The transit picture in 1979 was very bleak indeed, and bus riders were much worse off. Today, with a little extra effort, the Los Angeles area can complete the Blue Line to Pasadena, develop light-rail lines to East L.A., the Westside and through the San Fernando Valley and improve the bus system.
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.
January 9, 1987 | KIM MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles County transportation planners filed suit Thursday to force the City of Compton to grant permits for initial construction of a $675-million light rail system linking Long Beach and Los Angeles. In a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, the county Transportation Commission claims that Compton's opposition to the project has set back initial construction work that was to have begun last month. Compton officials maintain that the project threatens long-planned redevelopment.
June 14, 1988 | AMY PYLE, Times Staff Writer
Northeast San Fernando Valley leaders said Monday night that the flex of political muscle, instead of community needs, has dictated proposed light-rail routes. During an NAACP meeting at the Boys & Girls Club in Pacoima that attracted about 40 Northeast Valley residents, strong support was voiced for a new movement to build north-south light-rail lines that would connect Sylmar with Union Station in downtown Los Angeles. Pacoima resident Thomas J.
Burbank Airport authorities Monday urged county transportation planners to give top funding priority to construction of a $444-million light rail line connecting the airport to downtown Los Angeles. Proponents of the proposed 11.9-mile line say the project is vital to easing traffic congestion by providing a badly needed east-west connection that would give motorists headed for the airport an efficient alternative.
June 25, 2008
Who deserves a light-rail line more, the people of Azusa or the people of Santa Monica? Which line makes more sense, one that would serve the future needs of fast-growing communities to the east, or the current needs of the traffic-choked Westside? The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is faced with the unenviable task of answering these questions on Thursday, when its board is slated to vote on a long-range transportation plan -- a blueprint for the future of the L.A.
February 13, 2005 | Dan Weikel, Times Staff Writer
Board members of the Orange County Transportation Authority were so enthusiastic about CenterLine three years ago, they gleefully interrupted each other trying to second a motion by Santa Ana Mayor Miguel A. Pulido to revive the stalled light-rail project. Now the board is on the verge of killing it, perhaps for good.
November 28, 2008 | Steve Hymon, Hymon is a Times staff writer.
A state authority is set to decide next week whether transportation planners have done enough to make the Expo Line safe as it passes two South Los Angeles schools. Some residents and school officials want the rail line to either be put underground or on a bridge near one or both schools. Builders of the $862-million line say that would unnecessarily drive up costs and probably delay a transit system that could open by 2010 and provide an alternative to the Westside's traffic congestion.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
June 13, 1999 | KYMBERLEIGH RICHARDS, Kymberleigh Richards is a member of the executive committee of Southern California Transit Advocates , a nonprofit transit advocacy and policy review organization, and is a volunteer MTA passenger advisor at Metro Bus West Valley Division
This weekend's opening of the Metro Rail Red Line extension brings the San Fernando Valley one year closer to long-promised subway service to Hollywood and downtown. But pressure on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to increase bus service and last year's anti-subway ballot measure make it likely that, with the possible exception of the Pasadena light-rail line, we will see no further rail construction for a generation or more.
Buoyed by a federal court decision ordering the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to buy hundreds of new buses, bus rider advocates Tuesday vowed a no-holds-barred campaign to stop the Pasadena light rail line.
December 21, 2010 | By Karen Leonard and Sarah Hays
If you drive through Cheviot Hills and Rancho Park and see the orange-and-black signs peppering front lawns, you might get the impression that these neighborhoods solidly oppose the coming of the Expo light-rail line. "Kids and Trains Don't Mix," they shout, and "Don't Let the Train Block the Road. " But the reality is quite different. Every weekend for the last couple of months, a group of us have been walking door to door, talking to our neighbors about the Expo Line that will soon connect our community to downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica and points in between.
October 16, 2010 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles won a major federal loan Friday that will speed construction ? perhaps by as much as 10 years ? of a light-rail transit line from the Crenshaw district to a station near Los Angeles International Airport. Work is expected to begin late next year and finish no later than 2018, about a decade ahead of schedule, said Art Leahy, chief executive of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The $546-million loan is the first federal commitment to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's so-called 30/10 initiative, which seeks to speed completion of a dozen transit projects proposed by the MTA, including the Westside subway extension.
Los Angeles Times Articles