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9/15/2009



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L.A. MTA seeks public feedback on Crenshaw Corridor plan


The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) will seek public feedback on a draft environmental study for a Crenshaw Corridor transit system plan at four hearings to be held in late September and early October.

The agency has studied options for the corridor the past two years and currently is contemplating light-rail Transit (LRT) and bus rapid transit (BRT) as modal alternatives. Design options for both will be considered in a Draft Environment Impact Statement/Draft Environment Impact Report (DEIS/DEIR). The project would provide connections to Los Angeles International Airport and the entire Metro Rail system.

The LRT alternative calls for building an 8.5-mile line featuring seven stations plus an option for one more. The base cost is estimated at $1.3 billion; various design options would add between $11 million to $255 million to the cost. The BRT alternative calls for establishing a 12-mile system with eight stations estimated to cost between $500 million to $600 million. Funding for either project would come from Measure R, California’s half-cent sales tax measure approved by voters last year.

LACMTA will consider public comments when determining the “locally preferred alternative” for the corridor. The agency expects to announce the chosen alternative later this year.


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