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The Crenshaw Northern Extension project has the potential to create a reliable, high performing regional north-south rail transit corridor.  It will extend the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project, currently under construction, to the north and will connect the South Bay, LAX area, South Los Angeles, Inglewood and Crenshaw corridor to Mid-City, Central Los Angeles, West Hollywood and Hollywood, allowing for further connections to points north in the San Fernando Valley via the Metro Red Line. Further, the project would link four Metro Rail lines (C (Green), E (Expo), D (Purple), and B (Red)) and five of the top ten busiest bus lines in the country.

Based on earlier studies, the Metro Board of Directors selected three alignments for further analysis in the environmental study stage. This analysis is expected to be complete in 2023. Additional opportunities for public engagement will occur throughout the study.

Measure M, approved by LA County voters in 2016, allocates $2.24 billion to the project, with a groundbreaking date of 2041 and project completion date of 2047. Metro is conducting this study at this time as there are local efforts underway to identify funding to deliver this project earlier.