Los Angeles County transportation officials Thursday approved a new train station intended to provide a rail connection to Los Angeles International Airport, capping decades of discussion and complaints over one of Southern California’s most infamous planning problems.
In a unanimous vote, the county’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority board of directors agreed to proceed with further study of a proposed $200-million light-rail station a mile and a half east of LAX’s central terminal area. The station would connect Metro’s Crenshaw Line, now being built, to a proposed aerial, monorail-like system that will carry passengers to their terminals.
The added station, at 96th Street and Aviation Boulevard, would be less than a half-mile north of another planned Crenshaw Line stop at Century and Aviation boulevards. Officials say the new station will serve as a link to a people-mover system expected to connect a consolidated car-rental facility, a planned ground transportation hub and the LAX terminal area.
The board, on a motion proposed by Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles Council member Mike Bonin and Los Angeles County Supervisors Don Knabe and Mark Ridley-Thomas, directed Metro staff to develop plans for the station.
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