Public Comment Period Officially Closes on the Airport Metro Connector 96th St. Transit Station Draft EIR
On August 6th, Metro closed the 45-day formal public comment period for the Airport Metro Connector (AMC) 96th Street Transit Station Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR). We received comments from more than 70 individuals and organizations. The project team is reviewing these comments and will provide formal responses when the Final EIR is released later this Fall. The AMC 96th Street Transit Station will connect the regional transit system to Los Angeles International Airport’s Central Terminal Area via an Automated People Mover (APM) that is being planned, built and operated by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA). As envisioned, the station will be the new “Gateway” to LAX for transit riders and will be served by both the Metro Green and Crenshaw/LAX Lines. It will feature a bus plaza for Metro and municipal buses, passenger pick-up/drop-off, and amenities for pedestrians and bicyclists. Please explore this website to learn more about the project and to sign-up to join the project email list.
Metro Board of Directors on August 25 Board Meeting Will Consider Contract Modifications to Prepare the Final EIR
On August 25, 2016, the Metro Board will consider executing a contract modification with STV/PB - ConnectLAX Joint Venture to prepare the Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and federal environmental documentation for the Airport Metro Connector (AMC) 96th Street transit station. The Board report also includes a summary of Draft EIR outreach efforts and comments received during the public comment period (July 22, 2016 to August 6, 2016); and a quarterly status report on the project including Architectural and Engineering design services and the Crenshaw/LAX Project design accommodations for the future AMC 96th Street transit station. You can review this board report online here. No action or decisions regarding the Draft EIR is anticipated at the August 25 meeting.
On Wednesday, June 22, 2016, Metro released the document for an official 45-day public review and comment period through August 6, 2016.
WHERE CAN I REVIEW THE DRAFT EIR?
To review the Draft EIR online, please click here.
To view the Draft EIR in hardcopy format or by a CD at a local library location, please visit the following:
- City of Los Angeles Central Library
530 West 6th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017
- City of Los Angeles – Westchester Loyola Village Branch Library
7114 West Manchester Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90045
- City of Inglewood Public Library
101 W. Manchester Boulevard
Inglewood, California 90301
- City of Inglewood Crenshaw-Imperial Branch Library
11141 Crenshaw Boulevard
Inglewood, CA 90303
- City of El Segundo Public Library
111 West Mariposa Avenue
El Segundo, CA 90245
- Hawthorne Library
12700 Grevillea Avenue
Hawthorne, CA 90250
- Lennox Library
4359 Lennox Boulevard
Lennox, CA 90304
- Metro Library (located on 15th Floor)
One Gateway Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90012
HOW CAN I SUBMIT MY COMMENT ON THE DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT (DEIR)?
Please utilize any of our project’s contact tools noted below to leave a formal comment on the DEIR:
- Comments can be submitted at the upcoming public hearing on July 13, 2016, 6-8 p.m.
Flight Path Learning Center
6661 W. Imperial Highway
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Served by Beach Cities Transit Line 109 with connections at Metro Green Line Aviation/LAX Station and LAX Transit Center. Free parking is available on site.
- Written comments can be mailed to Meghna Khanna, Deputy Project Manager, One Gateway Plaza, Mail Stop 99-22-34, Los Angeles, CA. 90012 or sent via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Comments may also be submitted via the online comment form
- Send to the project’s Twitter or Facebook accounts at:
- If you have any questions, please call the project hotline at: (213) 922-4484
WHAT IS THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT MY COMMENTS ON THE DRAFT EIR?
- Please submit your comments through any of the various contact tools noted above by 5 p.m. on August 6, 2016.
Metro is planning a new transit station that will connect the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to the regional rail system.
Once complete, the Airport Metro Connector (AMC) Transit Station (near Aviation Blvd/96th St) will provide a connection to a future Automated People Mover (APM) to be built and operated by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA). In June 2014, the Metro Board of Directors approved adding a station to the Crenshaw/LAX Line (currently under construction) at Aviation Blvd/96th St that will serve as a transit “Gateway” to LAX. The AMC Transit Station is envisioned to include the following basic components:
- Three at-grade Light Rail Transit (LRT) platforms to be served by the Crenshaw/LAX Line and an extension of the Metro Green Line
- Bus plaza and terminal facility for Metro and municipal bus operators
- Bicycle hub with secured parking for up to 150 bicycles
- Pedestrian plaza
- Passenger vehicle pick-up and drop-off area
- Metro transit center/terminal building (“Metro Hub”) that connects passengers between the various modes of transportation
LAWA’s APM is anticipated to be an an elevated line on a dedicated right-of-way with three stations currently planned within the Central Terminal Area (CTA). Three additional stations are also planned to be located outside the CTA at LAWA’s proposed Intermodal Transportation Facility (ITF), Metro’s AMC Transit Station and LAWA’s Consolidated Rental Car Facility (CONRAC). Passengers, visitors, airport employees and others will be able to transfer quickly and easily from the at-grade Metro Transit Station to the elevated APM. LAWA will lead the environmental review for the APM, while Metro will conduct the environmental review for the AMC Transit Station.
This type of “Rail to APM” connection can be found at other airports around the country including: San Francisco, Oakland, New York (John F. Kennedy), Newark, Miami, Dallas/Fort Worth, and Phoenix.
The Metro Green and Crenshaw/LAX Lines will also serve a station at Aviation/Century that will connect transit patrons with destinations along the busy Century Blvd corridor.
Metro and LAWA will continue to coordinate and collaborate throughout the environmental review process to design an effective connection.
Improving the connection between LAX and Metro’s regional rail system is a key priority. Metro is currently underway with formal environmental review for the AMC Transit Station (near Aviation Blvd/96th St) and continuing to coordinate with LAWA as they plan the APM. Throughout the review process for the AMC Transit Station, there will be opportunities for you to provide your comments, and we encourage your feedback.
Help us plan the AMC Transit Station. We want to hear about your vision for creating a station that:
- Offers a quick, convenient option to connect to the airport using mass transit
- Connects to the larger regional transportation network
- Provides a world-class passenger experience
The AMC Transit Station can be the new transit “Gateway” to LAX for transit riders. Tell us what you think are the most important design elements and amenities for the station. We welcome your thoughts and ideas and look forward to hearing from you.
To continue to learn more about the Airport Metro Connector 96th Street Transit Station project, please continue to explore this Metro website.
To learn more about LAWA’s APM and other LAWA-related improvement projects, please visit the LAWA website at: http://connectinglax.com