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Knabe Calls on Metro to Speed Up Planned LAX Connector

The Los Angeles County supervisor, who represents Diamond Bar, wants the connector done by 2020 rather than the expected 2028.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe Thursday called for the Metro board to come up with a plan to complete a transit connection to LAX by 2020.

“Frankly, it’s embarrassing that the second largest city in America with the third busiest airport still does not have a direct transit connection,” Knabe said. “While Metro talks about accelerating projects, there could not be a higher priority than connecting our airport to all regions of Los Angeles County. A direct connection will not only benefit our residents, but also the millions of tourists who visit Los Angeles each year.”

The Green Line extension that would provide a Metro connector to the airport is expected to be finished in 2028. Knabe's motion, which was approved 7-5, requested the Metro CEO to come back to the board with a plan.  That plan would include exploring funding alternatives with Los Angeles World Airport, as well as looking for resources from local, state, and federal entities and public-private partnerships.

Knabe also asked for a timeline and a list of required actions, including a plan for coordination with federal agencies. Metro is expected to report by to the board at its Jan. 24 meeting.

Alan Fishel October 31, 2012 at 01:08 AM
This is a needed project that needs to be completed soon. It will take thousands container trucks off our freeways daily. It will be across a freeway and behind a berm and wall. It is many hundreds of feet to the park, Hudson School or any homes. With low emission trucks and locomotives the noise pollution can be less than is in the area now.

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