MTA Line Through Crenshaw District

From Damien Goodman

6:30 – 8:30 PM
US Bank Conference Room at Crenshaw/Slauson

If you have not yet heard the news, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas is offering a motion at this month’s MTA board (9am April 28 at MTA headquarters behind Union Station) meeting to alter the design of the Crenshaw-LAX Line.  The motion would:

a) Add the Leimert Park Village Station at Vernon
b) Put the section of the project in Park Mesa Heights from 48th to 59th street underground.

To be clear right now Metro staff does not want to do either of these options.  They don’t want to spend the money in our community.  They don’t want to build a station at Leimert Park Village and they want to run the trains at street-level from 48th to 59th street right in front of View Park Prep and a block away from Crenshaw Blvd.

If Ridley-Thomas’ motion is adopted by the MTA board, the result would be a Crenshaw Line that is entirely underground in the Crenshaw Blvd portion, and has a station at Leimert Park Village.  Said simply, it would designed exactly how we’ve been requesting over the past 4 years for this project.

Ladies and gentlemen – THIS IS THE MOMENT WE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR.  And we’ll need to show up to the MTA board meeting on the 28th in large numbers.  Like 500 people large numbers.  To accomplish this feat is going to take a bit of organizing.  So we will be having an organizing meeting next week:

I’ll present a powerpoint presentation.  We’re going to talk about the political games that are currently being played.  And we’ll assign the work we identify as necessary to pack the house on the 28th. 

All the best,
Damien Goodmon

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