The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) board of directors certified the final environmental impact statement and report for the Crenshaw/LAX transit corridor project. Construction is now set to begin next year, with completion expected by 2018.
"Once completed, the new light rail line will connect residents of South LA to Downtown and provide all Angelenos a new transit option to LAX," said Los Angeles mayor and MTA board chairman Antonio Villaraigosa.
"This is a historic moment," said Los Angeles county supervisor and Metro board member Mark Ridley-Thomas. "For 25 years, community leaders have worked to make a high-quality light rail line a reality.”
Metro is proceeding with preliminary engineering and refining costs and the Metro Board will consider the life-of-project budget this autumn. The total funding available for the project is US$1.715bn (£1.111bn).
The Crenshaw/LAX transit corridor project light rail line will connect the Expo Line to the Metro Green Line with six stations. The alignment is a combination of at-grade, below-grade and above-ground sections.