The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) Board of Directors has approved a $1.27 billion contract to construct the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor light rail project.
The 8.5-mile line will run between the Expo Line and the Metro Green Line and will include stations at Hindry Avenue in Westchester and Leimert Park, among others.
The contract has been awarded to Walsh/Shea Corridor Constructors.
The board also approved an additional $160 million in contingency funds for the project for a total project budget of $2.058 billion, which includes the Leimert Park and Hindry stations, new rail cars, a shared rail maintenance yard, real estate acquisition, the cost of planning and designing the line and other associated construction costs.
Utility relocation work is underway with heavy construction set to begin in spring 2014. Completion is expected by 2019.
The Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor Project will serve the Crenshaw Corridor, Inglewood, Westchester and the Los Angeles International Airport area with eight stations. Features include a maintenance facility, park-ride lots, and traction power substations.
The Crenshaw/LAX Line is one of 12 transit projects funded by Measure R, the half-cent sales tax approved by Los Angeles County voters in 2008.