The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) Board of Directors certified the Final Environmental Impact Statement/ Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIS/FEIR) for the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor Project Sept. 22.

The project will connect downtown Los Angeles and the Westside with the South Bay and the Los Angeles International Airport area. It will also provide critical linkages for the region’s residents, employees, and national and international visitors, Metro officials say.

The light rail line will have one stop in Westchester at Aviation and Century boulevards.

An optional station at Manchester Avenue and Aviation Boulevard was environmentally cleared in the final EIR but is not a part of the final route map.

“This is a historic moment,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor and Metro board member Mark Ridley-Thomas. “For 25 years, community leaders have worked to make a high-quality light rail line a reality.

“We’re not done pushing forward; we’re still working to see that the Crenshaw-to-LAX line ultimately includes a station at Leimert Park Village, but from many vantage points, in terms of job opportunities, economic development and improved mobility and transportation, today is a day to celebrate.”

The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation estimates that the rail line will generate approximately 15,100 jobs directly related to the project.

The Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor Project light rail line will connect the Metro Expo Line to the Green Line with six stations, including the one at Aviation and Century boulevards in Westchester.

The alignment is a combination of at grade (ground level), below grade (underground) and above ground sections.

The 8.5-mile light rail project now advances into the construction phase, which could begin next year with completion anticipated by 2018.