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MTA Celebrates New Crenshaw Line with ‘Halfway There’ Event
By Sentinel Staff Report
Published May 5, 2016
LOS ANGELES,CA., MARCH 23, 2012: One of the new Metro Expo light rail cars pulls into the recently completed station platform at La Cienega/Jefferson while the traffic down below plods along during morning rush hourMarch 23, 2012.  The latest 8.6 mile section runs from dowtown Los Angeles, past USC and west to La Cienega/Jefferson. (Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times)

LOS ANGELES,CA., MARCH 23, 2012: One of the new Metro Expo light rail cars pulls into the recently completed station platform at La Cienega/Jefferson while the traffic down below plods along during morning rush hourMarch 23, 2012. The latest 8.6 mile section runs from dowtown Los Angeles, past USC and west to La Cienega/Jefferson. (Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times)

Officials of the Metro Transportation Authority Board, including supervisor and chair Mark Ridley-Thomas and vice chair Mayor Eric Garcetti, announced this week that they will host a “Half Way There” event on Saturday May 7, marking the halfway point of the new Crenshaw/ LAX line. The event will take place in the Leimert Park Village where Crenshaw and Vermont meet. Attendees will enjoy food, performances and a kids zone with face painting and arts and crafts.

“We celebrate the halfway mark of the Crenshaw/LAX project, a huge milestone for the community, for Metro and for the city,” said Metro CEO Phil Washington.

“As a community, we must remain united in the goal of creating an infrastructure inheritance for our children. We are building not only for today, but for their future and the next one hundred years.”

Said Ridley-Thomas, “I am so pleased to be going back to Leimert Park to celebrate the halfway completion of the Crenshaw/LAX Line, which will ultimately take Angelenos to the airport. The communities surrounding this Line have endured traffic, noise, dust and other nuisances related to construction over the past two years. Their sacrifice has not been in vain, as we already have a lot to show for it. The Crenshaw/LAX line is being built by local community members, and millions of dollars have been granted to local businesses. I hope everyone comes out on Saturday to celebrate this significant milestone.

The event takes place from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. There will be a formal program beginning at 10:30. Attendees will also get updates on small business resources, Metro employment opportunities and “Harriet”, the tunnel boring machine for the project.

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