The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) will host three community workshop meetings later this month – including one in Westchester – on a study currently underway that examines ways to connect the growing Metro rail system to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

The Westchester meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23 at the LAX Flight Path Learning Center, 6661 W. Imperial Highway.

The workshops will be open-house formats where the public will have the opportunity to view project boards and share ideas at interactive stations. Metro project staff will be available during the workshops to answer individual questions.

The focus of the study is a four-square-mile area bounded by La Cienega Boulevard on the east, Manchester Avenue to the north, Imperial Highway to the south, and LAX terminals on the west.

Initial alternatives under consideration include light rail transit, an automated people mover and Bus Rapid Transit. The transit agency is currently analyzing the various options for each transit type in order to narrow down the number of alternatives that will be carried forward to the environmental review phase.

Metro is encouraging public participation in the process for improving transit services to LAX, including how a connection to the airport might reduce traffic congestion and improve transportation options to and from the airport, best serve airport users and local employees, and provide travelers with the level of transportation they expect when visiting Los Angeles County.

Measure R, the half-cent sales tax increase approved in 2008, provides $200 million in partial funding for the Metro Green Line to LAX project.

For information on the Green Line to LAX Project, (310) 499-0553, or metro.net/greenlinetolax.

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