Share your thoughts on Metro Light Rail in WeHo

The City of West Hollywood is getting the word out that Metro is starting the formal Environmental Impact Report (EIR) process for the Northern Extension of the Crenshaw/LAX line, the project that could bring Metro light rail service to West Hollywood.

As part of that process, Metro will be hosting three two-hour virtual scoping meetings to determine what to include in its analysis, which will ultimately help Metro to select the final route and get the project shovel-ready for construction.

“It’s important that Metro gets feedback from the community members who will be using Metro rail service to our city and to connect the region,” said City of West Hollywood Mayor Lindsey P. Horvath. “The City of West Hollywood is one step closer to realizing our vision to #FinishTheLine, building on years of progress, advocacy, and community support for more transit opportunities. The Crenshaw Northern Extension will provide critical north-south connections and enhance the existing Metro regional rail network, which is excellent not only for West Hollywood — it’s also a wonderful step forward for the entire metropolitan region.”

West Hollywood residents and community members are encouraged to attend one of Metro’s upcoming virtual meetings to let Metro know what issues and design considerations matter to them, as well as what destinations and route alternatives should be included in Metro’s study. The meetings will each cover the same topic and general information and will take place by Zoom, as follows:

Thursday, April 29, 2021, 11:30 a.m.

Thursday, May 6, 2021, 6 p.m.

Saturday, May 8, 2021, 10 a.m.

For community members who wish to provide feedback but who cannot attend any of the scheduled virtual meetings, email comments may be sent to Metro directly atcrenshawnorth@metro.netor may be submitted by calling Metro’s project hotline at(213) 418-3093. More information including project updates and background information is available atwww.weho.org/rail

For the past several years, the City of West Hollywood has been working with West Hollywood Advocates for Metro Rail (WHAM), All on Board Coalition, and the City of Los Angeles to build support for the Metro light rail line Northern Extension to connect the Crenshaw/LAX rail line with Mid-City, West Hollywood, the Metro Red Line station at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood, and possiblyeven the Hollywood Bowl.

The City of West Hollywood and its coalition partners have built momentum on a proposal to accelerate the completion of the Crenshaw/LAX rail line Northern Extension to as early as 2028, instead of 2047, in time for the Los Angeles 2028 Olympics and Paralympics. The West Hollywood City Council, in 2015, first approved its plan in support of a Metro rail line Northern Extension to connect to the Crenshaw/LAX rail line.

The regional impact of the Northern Extension cannot be underestimated. It will have a strong impact on many communities that are currently underserved by access to a rail line and will more conveniently connect the Los Angeles International Airport to the San Fernando Valley. It will also mean more mobility options to and from the City of West Hollywood and more convenient access to key healthcare and employment centers such as Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the Pacific Design Center, as well as cultural and entertainment destinations such as The Grove and the Hollywood Bowl.

The Northern Extension will create more equitable and convenient regional access and improve the overall efficiency of the transit system, which will benefit transit-dependent residents throughout the metropolitan area.

Metro provides a short informational video about the proposed project and the environmental process,MetroCrenshaw Northern Extension – Project Update April 2021, on the Metro Los Angeles YouTube Channel athttps://youtu.be/dKXN8ovUZyY.

A one-minute video,#FinishTheLine, is posted on the City of West Hollywood’s WeHoTV YouTube channel. It maps-out the benefits of the proposed project athttps://youtu.be/nPenhILOd0M.WeHo on the Gohighlights the benefits of accelerating the proposed project athttps://youtu.be/TOg-R21mQjs.

For additional information about West Hollywood Advocates for Metro Rail (WHAM), please visitwww.whamrail.com. For additional information about the All on Board Coalition, please visitwww.allonboardcoalition.com. More detailed information about the City’s efforts to accelerate the project is available atwww.weho.org/rail.

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HPS
HPS
2 months ago

I AM NOT WAITING 20 YEARS FOR A PROJECT THAT SHOULD TAKE NO MORE THAN 5 YEARS AT THE VERY MOST!

Jonathan Simmons
Jonathan Simmons
3 months ago

IT WOULD BE GREAT IN THEORY, BUT THE LAYOUT OF WEHO STREETS & THE ALMOST ALL DAY EVERY DAY NEAR GRIDLOCK (pre COVID & will be back soon)

THERE IS NO STREET SPACE FOR A LIGHT RAIL THROUGH WEHo.

It’s unfortunately DOA BEFORE ARRIVAL IF THESE MEETONGS.

Ham Shipey
Ham Shipey
6 months ago

No metro stop near WH. Just asking for trouble.

Sweetzer
Sweetzer
6 months ago

Crime rail will be the end of weho as we know it.

HPS
HPS
2 months ago
Reply to  Sweetzer

WHO THE HELL SAID THERE WILL BE CRIME?

CRIME IS EVERYWHERE!

DUH!

EVEN IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD!

hifi5000
hifi5000
6 months ago

The Crenshaw/LAX extension would be an important addition to the MTA rail network.Most of the MTA’s lines run in a west/east configuration.This extension would run in a north/south format,adding flexiblity to rider trips.

The 2047 start date seems far out in the future,so a 2028 date would be a more tangiable target for most people.

West Hollywood has been ahead in enviromental concerns,so the addition of a rail line to the city is a good fit.

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