The beating heart of the future Crenshaw/LAX Line was completed today near the Los Angeles International Airport. The $172 million Southwestern Yard facility will serve as the maintenance hub for both the new line and the Metro Green Line.
“We are well on our way to connecting our public transit system to one of the world’s busiest airports,” Los Angeles County Supervisor and Metro board member Mark Ridley-Thomas said at a Wednesday ribbon-cutting. “This gleaming new rail yard is part of the effort to get the Crenshaw/LAX Line up and running, and offering passengers a convenient, not to mention state-of-the-art, way to reach the airport.”
The Southwestern Yard is built with green technology in mind, with pollution-reducing construction methods, stormwater runoff treatment, and specialized paints and coatings all being used to create one of the most environmentally-friendly Metro facilities to date.
Additionally, the Yard is designed to be easily accessible for Metro workers commuting via public transit.
Body repairs, painting, storage and cleaning and washing will all be done at the Southwestern Yard. Additionally, the facility will house general administration and support service staff, miscellaneous maintenance shops and equipment housing and storage.
The Southwestern Yard will be part of the Crenshaw/LAX Line, an 8.5-mile light rail line slated to open in 2020 that will meet with the Expo Line and connect with the Green Line near the Aviation/LAX Station. The Crenshaw/LAX Line will serve the communities of Crenshaw, Inglewood, Westchester and LAX.
The line will also connect to the Airport Metro Connector Station, which will serve as a transfer point between local transit and the Los Angeles International Airport’s future Automated People Mover (APM) that will transport riders to the airport terminals. Both are forecast to be complete in 2023.