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Wednesday, October 07, 2009

LA Metro to hold meetings on Harbor Subdivision Transit Corridor project

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Los Angeles Metro will hold five community meetings in October to update the community on the findings of the Alternative Analysis Study for the Harbor Subdivision Transit Corridor. The study, launched in September 2008, is examining potential transit service along the Metro-owned Harbor Subdivision.

The Harbor Subdivision is a freight rail corridor, approximately 26 miles in length that traverses southwest Los Angeles County from Vernon to Wilmington. It encompasses the jurisdictions of Huntington Park, Vernon, City of Los Angeles, Hawthorne, Inglewood, El Segundo, Lawndale, Torrance, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Carson, portions of unincorporated Los Angeles County, Long Beach and the Port areas of Los Angeles and Long Beach. In the early 1990s, Metro purchased the portion of the corridor between Redondo Junction and Watson Yard, along with several other rail rights-of-way, to further the development of the region's rapid transit system. Together with the planned Crenshaw Transit Corridor, the Harbor Subdivision would establish a north-south transit link connecting the downtown Los Angeles area to LAX and potential South Bay destinations.

The AA is evaluating a broad range of alternatives including Bus Rapid Transit with dedicated bus lanes, various types of rail technology such as Light Rail Transit, Commuter Rail and Self Propelled Rail vehicles as well as the "no-build" and Transportation Systems Management alternatives that could include improving existing bus service, make signal improvements and improving bus amenities. Though alternatives will generally follow the Harbor Subdivision corridor, potential alignment and improvement options outside the immediate Harbor Subdivision right-of-way are also being studied.

The study's goals include improving mobility in southwestern Los Angeles County by introducing reliable, high-frequency transit service options, enhancing the regional transit network by interconnecting existing and planned rapid transit lines, providing an alternative mode of transportation for commuters currently using the congested I-405 and I-110 corridors, 
improving transit accessibility for residents of underserved communities along the corridor and encouraging a mode shift to transit, reducing air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

In the spring of 2009, Metro held a series of public meetings to obtain feedback on four project alternatives to be carried forward into more detailed technical analysis for the duration of the AA study. Based on input received at those meetings and more detailed evaluation, Metro will present the results of the AA study at the community meetings. Metro also will present urban design concepts.

Content presented at each meeting will be identical so the public can attend at the time and location most convenient to them.

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