Metro celebration marks halfway point of Crenshaw-LAX rail line

The "Halfway There" celebration of the Crenshaw-LAX Metro line extension in Leimert Park on Saturday, May 7, 2016.
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Metro celebrated its Crenshaw-to-LAX rail line reaching the halfway mark of its 8.5-mile route with festivities in Leimert Park on Saturday.

It's been over two years since construction began. Once completed, the light rail line will connect Los Angeles International Airport to the Expo Line at Crenshaw Boulevard.


The event included remarks from Los Angeles County supervisor and Metro board chairman Mark Ridley-Thomas, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and other officials, as well as music, food and a large variety of family activities. 

Ridley-Thomas said he's monitoring the project's impact on residents and businesses.

"The community has had to go through quite a lot, particularly the businesses," Ridley-Thomas said. "Dust and parking inconveniences, blocks in the road, all of that has made a huge impact on their businesses."

Metro offers grants from its Business Interruption Fund to help nearby shops and restaurants impacted by the construction.

The transit project will cost just over $2 billion and is scheduled for completion in 2019.

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