Supporters of a proposal to extend the Metro Green Line to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) said they were ‘hopeful’ and ‘thrilled’ after the California State Assembly Local Government Committee approved Assembly Bill 889 Thursday, April 26th.
The bill would establish a new public agency to oversee the design and construction contracts to complete the extension.
The Assembly committee voted 6-0 last week to approve the bill, which is sponsored by two local area state representatives, Assemblyman Ted Lieu of Torrance, some of whose district is in The Argonaut coverage area, and state Senator Jenny Oropeza of Carson.
Through two committees, the bill has enjoyed bipartisan support and has not received a single ‘no’ vote.
The agency that would be created by the bill would be modeled along the same lines as the Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority, the agency that is overseeing the Exposition Light Rail Line project that will connect downtown Los Angeles with Culver City and perhaps eventually Santa Monica.
The new authority would oversee a two-mile rail section that would include stations at the intersections of Aviation and Century Boulevards and Lincoln and Sepulveda Boulevards.
‘I am thrilled to see so much support for the Green Line extension,’ said Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl. ‘We are moving forward and quickly approaching our dream of a rail line into LAX.’
‘This bill now has an amazing amount of momentum,’ Lieu added. ‘I want to thank my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for supporting this effort.
‘Completing the Green Line is a long-overdue project that will benefit the entire region.’
Rosendahl said the bipartisan support gave him ‘tremendous hope’ for completion of the rail line during the LAX modernization process.
The impetus for bringing this legislation forward now is the planned modernization of LAX, plans for which will be coming forward soon, and some see a consensus developing for the concept that any modernization must include rail service into the terminal area.
Earlier this year, Rosendahl, Lieu, Oropeza, Congresswoman Jane Harman and Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe, whose district includes the airport, formed the Green Line Coalition to advocate for the Green Line rail extension. Since its inception, over 50 elected officials have endorsed the coalition’s effort.
In 1994, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) approved an Environmental Impact Report to construct a Metro Green Line extension to LAX and beyond, but due to funding constraints, the extension was never constructed.
Currently, Los Angeles World Airports is developing an updated airport master plan that includes an analysis of extending the Green Line to LAX.
Information, www.assembly .ca.gov/lieu or www.greenline coalition.com/.