It’s no secret that Labor Day traffic is expected to keep Angelenos on the road for longer than usual, even if taking public transit. Metro announced this week there’ll be one big exception, though.
Parts of Metro’s Green Line, which runs from Norwalk to Redondo Beach, have been closed on weekends since July, as crews work to connect it with the future Crenshaw/LAX Line.
Work will be suspended between the Crenshaw and Redondo Beach stations for the holiday weekend, however. Closures will resume Sept. 6 and continue through October.
During the closures, which begin Fridays at 9 p.m. and end at 3 a.m. Mondays, bus shuttles are used to replace rail service to the shuttered stations. The shuttles run every 15 minutes. The stations affected by the closures are:
- El Segundo;
- Douglas; and
- Redondo Beach.
These closures will allow workers to connect Green Line rails to the planned Crenshaw/LAX Line, scheduled to open in 2020. The 8.5-mile light rail line will have eight stations serving the Crenshaw, Inglewood, Westchester and LAX areas.
While you can currently catch a shuttle to the Los Angeles International Airport from Union Station, the new Line promises to take travelers straight to the airport, via a $500-million Metro rail station at Aviation/96th, connecting the LAX Automated People Mover. Both the Aviation/96th Station and the people mover are scheduled to open in 2023.
Regular Green Line rail service operates normally between the Norwalk and Crenshaw stations.