Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has begun the advanced utility relocation work for the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor construction project, which is the first contract awarded under LACMTA's new Project Labor Agreement, a pact between LACMTA and the building trades to implement a targeted hiring program that will help provide jobs to economically disadvantaged workers.
“The Crenshaw/LAX light-rail line will provide a vital transportation link for this community and our entire city,” said Los Angeles Mayor and Metro Board Chair Antonio Villaraigosa. “By utilizing Metro’s Project Labor Agreement Program for this project we are getting Angelenos back to work and creating job opportunities for those who need them the most.”
The Project Labor Agreement is an agreement negotiated with the Los Angeles/Orange County Building Trades Council and approved by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors that will help facilitate the timely completion of transit and highway projects in Los Angeles County. These projects are largely being funded by Measure R, a local half-cent sales tax approved by L.A. County voters in November 2008. However, many of the projects will also be leveraged with federal funds.
Advanced utility relocation work for the Crenshaw/LAX light-rail line will be done at 10 locations along Crenshaw corridor in advance of awarding a design-build contract for the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor project. The work will be performed over a twelve-month period.
The $8.6 million utility relocation contract is being performed by Metro Builders & Engineers Group under contract to LACMTA.
The 8.5-mile light-rail project will run between the Expo Line on Exposition Boulevard and the Green Line. It will serve the Crenshaw Corridor, Inglewood, Westchester and LAX area with six stations, a maintenance facility, park and ride lots, traction power substations and the acquisition of rail vehicles and maintenance equipment.