The effort to extend the Green Line to Los Angeles International Airport has won unanimous support from the Los Angeles City Council.
The Los Angeles City Council voted 15-0 on Tuesday, July 3rd, to endorse state legislation to create a Green Line Construction Authority. The bill, which was introduced by Assemblyman Ted Lieu of Torrance and State Senator Jenny Oropeza of Carson, would establish a new public agency to oversee the design and construction contracts to complete a new leg of the Metro Green Line.
“The Green Line extension is a common-sense approach to mass transit on the Westside,” Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl said. “I am thrilled to see my council colleagues support this resolution.”
The councilman, who has been a stalwart champion of the Green Line extension, said the resolution echoed the need to address traffic congestion on the Westside and the support from the Los Angeles City Council sent a clear message that the Green Line extension would serve as a much-needed relief strategy.
“We all agree that the Westside is besieged by traffic gridlock and the Green Line extension is a long overdue project that needs to be completed,” Rosendahl said. “The Green Line extension gives us a traffic relief strategy that is smart, simple, and cheap — a ‘no-brainer’.”
The resolution, which was brought forward by Rosendahl, specifically calls for the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) to add the LAX Green Line extension to its list of Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) projects that will receive funding.
The resolution also calls for Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) to add the Green Line extension project to the LAX Specific Plan update.
The proposed agency would be modeled after the Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority, the agency that is overseeing the Exposition light rail line project that will connect Culver City with downtown Los Angeles and perhaps eventually Santa Monica.
The authority would be charged with overseeing construction of a two-mile rail segment that would include stations at the intersections of Aviation and Century Boulevards and Lincoln and Sepulveda Boulevards.
Community organizations, local transit advocates and The Daily Breeze newspaper have also endorsed the proposed Green Line Authority.
In 1994, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority approved an EIR/EIS (environmental impact report/environmental impact statement) for construction of a Metro Green line extension to LAX and beyond. Due to funding constraints, the extension was never constructed.
Currently, the Los Angeles Department of Airports is developing an updated LAX master plan that includes an analysis of extending the Green Line to LAX.
Earlier this year, Rosendahl, Lieu, Oropeza, Congresswoman Jane Harman of Venice and Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe formed the Green Line Coalition to advocate for the Green Line rail extension.
Since its inception, over 55 elected officials have endorsed their effort.