to airport clears a hurdle

The effort to extend the Metro Green Line to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) cleared another hurdle Friday, March 23rd, when a Los Angeles City Council committee endorsed state legislation to create a Green Line Construction Authority.

The council’s Intergovernmental Relations Committee voted to approve, in concept, Assemblyman Ted Lieu’s legislation, Assembly Bill (AB) 889, which would establish a new public agency to oversee the design and construction contracts to complete this leg of the Metro (Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority) Green Line.

The committee also endorsed efforts by Lieu and Metro staff to amend the legislation by increasing local control of the new agency.

“This is an important moment in our efforts to finally get mass transit into LAX,” said Councilman Bill Rosendahl, who has been championing the Green Line extension.

“Our campaign is moving and gaining strength and momentum.”

The proposed agency would be modeled after the Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority, the agency that is overseeing the Exposition light rail line project to connect downtown Los Angeles with Culver City, and perhaps eventually Santa Monica.

The authority would be charged with overseeing a two-mile-long rail segment that would include stations at the intersections of Aviation and Century Boulevards and Lincoln and Sepulveda Boulevards.

“Establishing a construction authority would jump-start funding and building the Green Line extension,” Rosendahl said. “I am delighted to see that I have garnered the support of my colleagues for this important legislation.”

Los Angeles City Councilman Greig Smith praised Rosendahl’s efforts.

“This is long overdue,” Smith said. “I am glad Councilmember Rosendahl has brought it forward.”

Various community organizations and local transit advocates 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) to construct a Metro Green line extension to LAX and beyond.

But due to funding constraints, the extension was never constructed. Currently, Los Angeles World Airports is developing an updated master plan that includes an analysis of extending the Green Line to LAX.

Earlier this year, Rosendahl, Lieu, State Senator Jenny Oropeza and Congresswoman Jane Harman formed the Green Line Coalition to advocate for the Green Line rail extension. Since its inception, over 25 other elected officials have endorsed the coalition’s effort.