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Encyclopedia > LACMTA Green Line
Metro Green Line
Metro Green Line

The Metro Green line of the Los Angeles County Metro Rail is a light rail line connecting Redondo Beach and Norwalk. Running along the center median of the Century Freeway (Interstate 105) for most of its length, it offers access to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) via a shuttle bus from the Aviation Boulevard station. Image File history File links LA_Green_Line. ... Image File history File links LA_Green_Line. ... A picture taken of a Gold Line train in the Los Angeles suburb of Pasadena, California The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) runs four rail lines throughout Los Angeles County. ... This article is about light rail systems in general. ... Redondo Beach is a city located in Los Angeles County, California. ... Norwalk is a city located in Los Angeles County, California. ... The second proper album of Beth Orton, Central Reservation helped Orton build on the success of her debut Trailer Park. ... The Century Freeway (formally known as the Glenn Anderson Freeway, for the congressman who advocated its construction) is an east-west freeway in southern Los Angeles County, California. ... FAA diagram of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Los Angeles International Airport (IATA: LAX, ICAO: KLAX), is the primary airport serving Los Angeles, California. ... This is on the LACMTA Green Line. ...

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Performance

The Green Line is considered the "black sheep" of the Metro Rail family, a line from "nowhere to nowhere." It was not until late 2004 that the line met its initial ridership projections. The line's ridership is so low that MTA often borrows its vehicles for peak-hour use on the highly-used Blue Line. Pro-Metro Rail groups such as Friends 4 Expo (an advocacy group for the construction of the long-delayed Exposition Boulevard line) do not mention the Green Line in any of their literature, while anti-light rail groups such as the controversial leftist Bus Riders Union constantly cite the Green Line as an example of why "[light] rail is wrong for Los Angeles." The line's lack of usage has been attributed to a number of factors. The Metro Expo Line of the Los Angeles County Metro Rail is a planned light rail line in Los Angeles which would run from Culver City, and later, Santa Monica, to Downtown Los Angeles. ...


Missing connections

The Green Line's eastern terminus is two miles away from the heavily used Norwalk/Santa Fe Springs Metrolink station, where several Metrolink lines converge. The Metro board has determined that at this time the ridership gains do not justify the cost of an extension. As a compromise, a shuttle transports Green Line riders to the Norwalk/Santa Fe metrolink station. Most importantly, in its western portions, it does not have direct access to LAX. This was because, at the time, LAX was due to begin a major overhaul and expansion. The Green Line was to be integrated into this expansion; however, due to neighborhoring community resistance, the Green Line was not extended into the airport. As another compromise, a free shuttle transports Green Line riders to LAX and back. All plans for LAX remodeling call for some sort of connection to the Green Line. Metrolink is a commuter rail system that serves the Southern California region. ...


These inadequacies have led to calls by transit advocates for a grade-level or elevated eastward extension to the Norwalk/Santa Fe Springs Transportation Center and for a spur (probably as a subway) northwest to LAX. A Green Line extension was an integral part of the LAX modernization plan developed under the administration of Los Angeles mayor James K. Hahn. Metro and Subway redirect here. ... This article describes subways as mass transit lines. ... This is a list of mayors of Los Angeles, California. ... James Hahn James Kenneth Hahn (born July 3, 1950) is an American politician from the Democratic Party. ...


This plan was dropped by Hahn's successor Antonio Villaraigosa. It is not known if any plan put forth by Mayor Villaraigosa will retain this feature of the renovation plan, but Villaraigosa is known to be a staunch advocate of expanded rail service. Light rail advocates and Los Angeles City Council member Bill Rosendahl have suggested that, if the Green Line is extended to LAX, it should go all the way up Sepulveda or Lincoln Boulevard through Westchester and Mar Vista to meet the Expo Line in Palms (Sepulveda option) or Santa Monica (Lincoln option). Antonio R. Villaraigosa (born on January 23, 1953) is the current mayor of Los Angeles, California. ... The Los Angeles City Council meets three times a week in city hall. ... Westchester is a neighborhood in far southwestern Los Angeles, California. ... Mar Vista is a large district on the West Side of Los Angeles, California. ... Palms is a district on the Westside of Los Angeles, California. ... Santa Monica Pier Santa Monica is a coastal city in western Los Angeles County, California, USA, by the Pacific Ocean, south of Pacific Palisades and Brentwood, and north of Venice. ...


As MTA owns the former Pacific Electric right-of-way along Sepulveda through the Rancho Park district, more optimistic advocates have even suggested that the Green Line go all the way into Westwood along Sepulveda, where it would become a subway and meet the proposed Red Line extension at a stop near UCLA. Needless to say, such an ambitious project is not high on MTA's construction wish list. Pacific Electric Railway company depot in downtown Los Angeles, circa 1910. ... Rancho Park is a small neighborhood in western Los Angeles, California. ... High-rise buildings line Wilshire Boulevard through the Westwood area Another view of the Westwood skyline Westwood is a district in western Los Angeles, California. ... The Metro Red Line of the Los Angeles County Metro Rail is a heavy rail metro line in Los Angeles. ... The University of California, Los Angeles, popularly known as UCLA, is a public, coeducational university located in the residential area of Westwood within the city of Los Angeles. ...


Premature construction

As part of the consent decree signed by Caltrans in 1972 to allow construction of the fiercely opposed Century Freeway, provisions were made for a transit corridor (without designating the type thereof) in the freeway's median. In the original Metro Rail master plan of the early 1980s, the corridor was designated as a light rail line, like most of the secondary routes in the planned system. When construction of the Century Freeway began in the 1980s, it was most convenient to build the Green Line then rather than tying up one or two lanes of the freeway at some point after its opening. It is also likely that MTA wished to get the line in service as soon as possible to prevent Caltrans from being tempted by unused MTA right-of-way in case of the need to widen the freeway. Whatever the reason for its early opening, the Green Line has not been able to benefit from the network effect that is crucial for increasing the viability of rail projects. DECREE - The judgment or sentence of a court of equity which corresponds to the judgment of a court of law. ... Caltrans logo The soaring ramps in the stack interchanges favored by Caltrans often provide stunning views. ... JUNCTION POSTMILE SR-1 LA 0. ... The network effect causes a good or service to have a value to a potential customer dependent on the number of customers already owning that good or using that service. ...


Population mismatch

One of the chief reasons for Green Line construction in the 80s was that it would allow workers at the South Bay's then-thriving aerospace plants to commute by train from their homes in southeastern Los Angeles County. Unfortunately, the Cold War was winding down, and by the time the line opened, the aerospace sector was hemorrhaging jobs. Furthermore, during the 1980s, the bedroom communities in the Gateway Cities region of southeastern Los Angeles County were rapidly losing their population of middle-class aerospace workers (principally white and black), a process that radically accelerated in the early 1990s. The working-class and impoverished Latinos who filled the vacuum generally had no connection to the aerospace sector. This rationale for Green Line construction was a principal argument cited by the Bus Riders Union when it contended that MTA was focusing its efforts on serving middle-class whites and not impoverished minorities. The South Bay is a region in the southwest peninsula of Los Angeles County, California. ... The Gateway Cities of Southern California are those located in southeastern Los Angeles County. ...


List of stations, from East to West

Station Metro Rail Services Other Connections Date Opened
I-605/I-105 (Norwalk) Green Metro Bus: 111, 115, 121, 125, 270, 315, 460, 577X
Norwalk Transit: 2, 4, 5
Long Beach Transit: 172, 173
Lakewood Green Metro Bus: 117, 265, 266
Long Beach Green Metro Bus: 60, 251, 360
Metro Rapid: 751
Imperial/Wilmington Green
Blue
Metro Bus: 55, 120, 121, 124, 202, 205, 305, 612
LADOT DASH: Watts
Avalon Green Metro Bus: 48, 51, 52, 53, 352
Harbor Fwy Green Metro Bus: 45, 81, 120, 381, 444, 445, 446, 447, 450X, 550
Metro Rapid: 745
LADOT Commuter Express: 448
Torrance Transit: 1, 2
Gardena Bus Lines: 1
Vermont Green Metro Bus: 204, 206, 209
Metro Rapid: 754
Gardena Bus Lines: 2
Crenshaw Green Metro Bus: 126, 210
Metro Rapid: 710, 757
Hawthorne Green Metro Bus: 40, 119, 126, 212, 312, 442
Metro Rapid: 740
Aviation Green Metro Bus: 120, 439, 625, 626
Culver CityBus: 6
Santa Monica Big Blue Bus: 3, Rapid 3
Municipal Area Express: 2, 3, 3X
LAX Shuttle: G
Mariposa/Nash Green Metro Bus: 232, 626
Torrance Transit: 8 (Southbound)
El Segundo/Nash Green Metro Bus: 124
LADOT Commuter Express: 574
Municipal Area Express: 2, 3, 3X
Torrance Transit: 8 (Southbound)
Douglas/Rosecrans Green Metro Bus: 125
Marine/Redondo Green Metro Bus: 126, 215
LADOT Commuter Express: 574
Beach Cities Transit: 102

The Imperial/Wilmington/Rosa Parks station is the hub for both the Blue and Green Metro lines. ... Metro Blue Line The Metro Blue line of the Los Angeles County Metro Rail is a light rail line connecting Downtown Los Angeles at the 7th St/Metro Center station and Downtown Long Beach. ... This is on the LACMTA Green Line. ...

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