Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl has proposed to renew efforts to extend the Metro Green Line rail service closer to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
Rosendahl introduced a City Council motion Wednesday, July 5th, calling on Los Angeles World Airports — the city agency that owns and operates LAX — to renew joint efforts with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and other agencies to extend the Green Line to the airport.
The City Council is expected to vote on the proposal at a later meeting.
The proposal specifically calls for the reestablishment of the LAX/Metro Green Line Interagency Task Force, which had previously worked to create a Green Line extension plan in the early 1990s.
“This is about common sense and about bringing us into the 21st Century,” Rosendahl said. “A world class city has mass transit and a world class airport is linked by rail to the rest of the region.
“This is an idea that can no longer wait.”
The Green Line rail service runs approximately 20 miles between Redondo Beach and Norwalk.
The closest Green Line station to LAX is at 11500 Aviation Blvd., near Imperial Highway, southeast of the airport and about a mile and a half short of the airport terminal area.
But Rosendahl proposes a two-mile extension from the current Aviation Boulevard station to locations much closer to the terminal area that would include a two-station segment. One station would be at Aviation and Century Boulevards, and the other at Lincoln and Sepulveda Boulevards.
Rosendahl has requested the city Board of Airport Commissioners to reestablish the LAX/ Metro Green Line Interagency Task Force to develop the extension plan through a Minimum Operable Segment.
The councilman said the rail connection would help in efforts to relieve traffic congestion around the airport and could be “the cornerstone of a much-needed rail network” linking LAX to the rest of the region.
“If we can build this now, while we modernize LAX, we can later build north-south lines that connect the South Bay, the Westside and even the Valley into LAX,” Rosendahl said. “A Green Line connection to LAX is a logical and reasonable first step in planning for the future.”
Ken Alpern, Mar Vista Community Council member and Friends of the Green Line group member, agreed with the councilman, saying the rail line extension “creates more direct connection” to the airport.
“This is a vital link to getting future extensions,” Alpern said.
Alpern, who has worked with Friends of the Green Line over the past few years to try to develop an extension to LAX, said he was “absolutely thrilled” at Rosendahl’s proposal.
“LAX is going through a renovation and this needs to be done right,” Alpern said. “I think this is the right time and this is the right extension.”
The Metro Green Line service currently has about 39,000 riders each day, many of whom are employees at LAX, Alpern said.
Rosendahl’s motion also requested the city Board of Airport Commissioners to include the proposed rail line connection in the update of the LAX Specific Plan.
According to preliminary discussions between MTA and Los Angeles World Airports officials, the proposed two-mile Green Line extension meets the Specific Plan goals of addressing airport modernization, congestion and mobility, Rosendahl said.