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I'm fully in favor of extending the green line to LAX, but one thing I've always wondered about is this: using the unfinished turnouts shown on the aerial photo, would the trains head north to the LAX stations, and then south to the east/west track to continue on to Redondo Beach? And do the same thing when going from Redondo Beach east to Norwalk? I'm just curious as to whether half the trains will head to LAX while the other half go to Redondo Beach, or if a method has been figured out to get all trains to both destinations. If not, it might make more sense to put the LAX people-mover station at the turnout, and let it go into LAX from there, rather than make all green line passengers, meaning those who aren't going to LAX, make the trip to the LAX station unnecessarily.
For some reason when I wrote the above, I didn't see the LAX people-mover shown on the map connecting to the Green line at the Intermodel Transit Center. So now my question is, why is it necessary to extend the green line all the way to LAX and up to Sepulveda and Lincoln? Why not just add a station along the people mover line where it passes the rental car facility and long term parking?
an excellent question, Andy! It's one that I think many people already have asked
and will continue to ask, because on first glance it might appear that the Green
Line and People Mover are doing the same thing.
Friends of the Green Line has been involved with a Lincoln Blvd. light rail line to connect the future Expo and Green Lines, as well as with extending the Green Line to the South Bay Galleria, as well as passenger rail on the publicly-owned Harbor Subdivision Rail Right of Way between Union Station and LAX.
So Sepulveda/Lincoln is NOT the end-all to our hopes
to connect the Green Line to new regions of L.A. County...but it's a huge first
step that gives us many options in the future. Furthermore, this map/plan has
been vetted by LAWA and Metro planners years ago as the right way for the Green
Line to initially proceed to the Westside and get a closer connection to LAX (and
they're both important).
Green Line to the Airport - Joint Powers Authority (JPA)
If this authority will not even be in place until 2009 and the new airport planning is happing now with construction to start well before 2009 will everything be in concrete by the time the authority even gets started with out the ability to fit into the new airport with out having to tear out new construction or accept a poor interface since it would be to expensive to retro the just completed terminals?
Hello, Alan. Right now, construction is
going slower than expected at LAX, with even the Bradley Terminal only now being
started. Perhaps the construction authority will occur, and perhaps not, and perhaps
the construction of both the People Mover and the Green Line will occur before
2009...but I could see both being put off until then.