Just Another Day In SouthLA
Metro’s Board of Directors are now looking into bringing a rail connection much closer to the venue in the form of a whole new line. Urbanize LA reports that members of the board have proposed a motion that, if approved, would allow Metro to look into routing a light rail line south from Florence Avenue in Inglewood to Torrance in LA’s South Bay, “potentially along Prairie Avenue,” which would mean it would pass by the western edge of Hollywood Park.
The line has already been proposed under the name South Bay Transit Corridor Rail Project, but it’s never had a path locked down. (It was one of the projects funded by the half-cent sales tax increase known as Measure R, so it’s not completely unrealistic either.) This football-adjacent route is “a new alternative” under consideration. Previous discussions on the project have explored it as “a southern extension of the Green Line from its current Redondo Beach terminus to Torrance via the Harbor Subdivision, a historic freight rail right-of-way,” says ULA.
This new alignment would connect some of the South Bay’s most populous cities to not only the football stadium, but also the massive housing/retail/restaurant/entertainment/office complex in the works next to the stadium.