The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has secured a $1.45 million grant from the U.S. Transportation Department that will be used to design an Intermodal Transit Center at Aviation and Century boulevards for the future Crenshaw/LAX line.

Rep. Jane Harman (D-Venice) applauded the federal government allocation.

“The grant is great news for the South Bay, which is finally on its way to being connected by rail to LAX (Los Angeles International Airport),” Harman said.

“The transit center will be a key part of the Crenshaw line, linking bus and train travel, easing traffic and making LAX more accessible to thousands of Angelenos. And when it is under construction, the transit center and Crenshaw/LAX line will create desperately needed jobs in our region.

The congresswoman continued, “The transit center is also a building block for Mayor (Antonio) Villaraigosa’s innovative proposal to accelerate the build-out of transit projects funded by Measure R from 30 years to 10 years.

“The proposal, which has my full support, will create 165,000 local jobs, pump billions into local communities, and cut congestion and improve air quality. It is my top legislative priority.”

Harman’s congressional district also includes LAX.

The federal grant was announced Aug. 25.