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Active Transportation Rail to River Corridor

Project Overview


The Active Transportation Rail to River Corridor Project will convert an existing, underutilized railroad right-of-way (ROW) into a multi-purpose transportation corridor from the City of Inglewood in the western end tofrom the City of Inglewood in the western end to the Los Angeles River in the eastern end, spanning up to 10.6 miles (depending upon the alternative path selected). Upon completion, the Active Transportation Rail to River Corridor Project will link neighborhoods, schools, and other key destinations through the heart of South Los Angeles. Most notably, the Project will facilitate:

  • New east-west pedestrian and bicycle linkages,
  • Connections to multiple Metro and municipal bus lines along Slauson Avenue
  • Connecting travelers to three major north-south Metro transit lines:
    • Metro Blue Line
    • The Silver Line Bus Rapid Transit Line, and
    • The future Crenshaw/LAX transit project,
  • Enhancements upon the existing Los Angeles County bicycle network.

The Active Transportation Rail to River Corridor Project will provide a pedestrian and bicycle corridor that will connect the Cities of Los Angeles, Inglewood, Huntington Park, Vernon, Maywood, Bell,  and parts of unincorporated Los Angeles County. The Project area is largely composed of a mix of high-density neighborhoods, commercial centers and industrial uses. The Active Transportation Rail to River Corridor Project will provide an active transportation facility that will connect residents and workers to transit, jobs, schools, shopping districts, and parks. By transforming the former rail line and connecting it to the LA River, Metro will also enhance the regional bicycle network.


Project Area


The Active Transportation Rail to River Corridor Project is composed of two distinct segments, each in a different phase of development. Together they form one path stretching from close proximity to Inglewood and the Los Angeles River.

Segment A

Segment A of the project is referred to as “Rail to Rail,” because it connects the future Crenshaw/LAX line to the Metro Blue Line. The “Rail to Rail” portion of the project is approximately 6.4 miles in length, stretching east along the Harbor Subdivision rail right-of-way following Slauson Avenue through South Los Angeles to Santa Fe Avenue in the City of Vernon. Segment A terminates at Santa Fe Avenue in Vernon. Once complete, it will provide connections to three transportation hubs:

  • The future Metro Crenshaw/LAX Line’s Fairview Heights Station,
  • The Metro Silver Line at the I-110 freeway Slauson Station, and
  • The Metro Blue Line Slauson Station.

Segment A is currently in the Preliminary Engineering and Environmental Clearance phase and is undergoing the initial design process.

Segment B

Segment B of the project is referred to as “Rail to River,” because it connects the Metro Blue Line east to the Los Angeles River. The “Rail to River” portion of the project ranges from 2.1 to 4.3 miles in length, depending on the alternative. There are four alternatives for continuing the active transportation corridor from Segment A at the Metro Blue Line Slauson Station to the Los Angeles River (See map below). Metro initiated an Alternatives Analysis to determine a Preferred Alternative. Alternatives include: the Malabar Corridor, the Utility Corridor, Slauson Avenue, and Randolph Street.

Funding

Segment A is fully funded by a combination of federal, state and local funding sources. In October 2015, the Project became the first of its kind to be awarded funding from the Federal Transportation Authority (FTA) in the form of Department of Transportation (DOT) Tiger VII Grant Funds. Additional funding was provided by a Caltrans ATP Cycle 2 Grant and Metro. Segment B’s Alternatives Analysis will be funded by Metro local funds.

View the Project Area map PDF/printable version .


Project Background


In 2012, the Metro Board of Directors (Metro Board) requested staff to assess the feasibility of repurposing the Local North Section of the Metro-owned Harbor Subdivision rail right-of-way (ROW) as an active transportation corridor. The resulting Rail to River Intermediate Active Transportation Corridor Feasibility Study (Feasibility Study) in 2014 indicated that a bike and pedestrian path along the Project corridor would provide significant enhancements to the regional transportation network, while creating innovative environmental, economic, and mobility benefits for the surrounding communities. In October 2014, the Metro Board approved funding for environmental clearance, design, and outreach for Segment A as well as the Alternative Analysis for Segment B.

Currently, pedestrians and bicyclists travel along the Project corridor with very few no facilities to support their travel patterns. Safe, comfortable, and convenient access for existing bicycle and pedestrian volumes is significantly impeded by restricted amenities on the south side of Slauson Avenue, with narrow and over-crowded sidewalks.  On the north side of Slauson Avenue (location of the Project ROW), sidewalks are non-existent, creating inadequate passage for all users, including bus rider access to multiple bus stops along the Project corridor.

The 2014 Feasibility Study generated a high level of interest from members of various communities and received attention from local and regional media news sources.  The Project receives strong support from local jurisdictions, community organizations, and elected officials because it promotes improved traveling conditions, encourages utilization of mass transit, and provides opportunities for upward mobility in underserved areas.

The improved connectivity of public transportation networks will provide local residents with more transportation choices by connecting to the Metro Blue Line, Silver Line (I-110 Harbor Freeway Transit Way), and the future Crenshaw/LAX LRT Line. The Harbor Subdivision rail right-of-way has been underutilized for many years, but this project will support many local and regional planning efforts (such as Metro’s First Mile Last Mile Strategic Plan, Complete Streets, and 2012-2035 Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable Community Strategies) to improve the quality of life in Los Angeles County.


The project development process follows two project timelines, one for Segment A and one for Segment B. These timelines are separate because each segment is in a different stage of development.

Segment A, which extends from the future Crenshaw/LAX Light Rail Line in Fairview Heights to the Metro Blue Line/Santa Fe Avenue is in the environmental clearance and initial design phase which is to be completed by mid-2017 with a scheduled opening to the public in 2019. )

Segment B, extends from the Metro Blue Line Slauson Station/Santa Fe Avenue to a destination at the Los Angeles River on the eastern end. It is undergoing an Alternatives Analysis to identify a Preferred Alternative alignment for this segment of the corridor. After the methodology for determining the Preferred Alternative is established, the draft Alternatives Analysis will be conducted. By early 2017, the Final Alternatives Analysis will be complete, identifying the alignment that will continue the Active Transportation Rail to River Corridor to the Los Angeles River.

project development process timelines for Segment A and Segment B


Meetings


Public input is valuable and welcomed! You are strongly encouraged to attend the series of Metro-hosted community meetings for the Active Transportation Rail to River Corridor Project. Each meeting will with opportunities to comment and ask questions at various stages throughout the process. Follow this page for meeting updates.

Please join us on:

Segment A

Upcoming Meetings

Past Meetings

  • Community Meetings, Round 1

    Thursday, January 26, 2017
    Meeting #1: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    Meeting #2: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

    Hubert H. Humphrey Comprehensive Health Center
    5850 S Main St
    Los Angeles, CA 90003
    • 2 nd floor auditorium

Meeting Materials

Segment B

Past Meetings

  • Community Meetings, Round 3

    Thursday, March 23, 2017
    Meeting #1: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    Meeting #2: 6:00 – 8:00 PM

    Oldtimers Housing Development Corporation
    3355 E Gage Avenue
    Huntington Park, CA 90255
    Ballroom IV

Meeting Materials

  • Community Meetings, Round 2

    Thursday, December 8, 2016
    Meeting #1 : 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    Meeting #2 : 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

    Bell Community Center
    6250 Pine Ave
    City of Bell, CA 90201

Meeting Materials

  • Community Meetings, Round 1

    Wednesday, August 24 th , 2016
    Meeting #1: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    Meeting #2 : 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

    City of Huntington Park – Salt Lake Park
    3401 Florence Ave.
    Huntington Park, CA 90255

Meeting Materials


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