Train Station to Connect Metro Rail Lines With LAX Approved

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Passengers and airport employees who commute by train now must exit at the Metro Green Line’s Aviation/LAX station and transfer to shuttle buses. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

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Los Angeles County transportation officials on Thursday approved a new train station designed to allow a rail connection with 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 planning a $200-million light-rail station a mile and a half east of LAX’s central terminal area. The station would connect the north-south Crenshaw Line, now being built, and some trains from the east-west Green Line to a proposed monorail-like system that would link travelers to a consolidated car-rental facility, a planned ground transportation hub and the heart of LAX.

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.

“This is a historic day for our city, because we’re finally on the way to bringing rail to LAX,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, vice chair of the Metro board. “We’ll be able to fix a historic mistake of our past.”

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