LA’s Olympic dreams include a big-time renovation of the Coliseum and the creation of athlete housing along the LA River, but the Games could also help get two pivotal transportation projects finished years ahead of schedule. The LA Times reports that Metro has officially asked to participate in a pilot program from the Federal Transit Administration that would kick the construction into overdrive on the Purple Line extension and speed up work on the Crenshaw Line’s connection to LAX so that both are done in time for the 2024 Games that LA might be hosting.
The LAX/rail connection would link the Crenshaw Line stop at Ninety-Sixth Street and Aviation to a people-mover train that will take riders to a transit hub, a rental car facility, and the terminals at LAX. The Crenshaw Line is expected to open in 2019, but the link to LAX is currently scheduled to open four years after the Olympics, in 2028. If Metro’s approved, it would be finished in time for the 2024 Games. Continu to read