Mark Ridley-Thomas worked to secure a $546 million federal loan guarantee to jumpstart construction of the 8.5-mile Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor light rail project that will transport commuters, students and seniors from the Crenshaw District to the Green Line Station in El Segundo. The seven-station 1.76 billion light rail line construction project is underway with completion of the line expected in 2019. Mark Ridley-Thomas has engaged consultants to examine transit-oriented development (TOD) possibilities along the Crenshaw/LAX Line, including a vision for revitalizing Leimert Park Village where a below-grade transit station will be located. NOTE: Add hyperlink to Urban Land Institute, Los Angeles Report.
In Spring 2016, Mark Ridley-Thomas will join city officials from Culver City and Santa Monica for the official opening of Expo Line Phase 2. The 12-station, 8.6-mile Phase 1 portion of the Expo Line – running from downtown L.A. to Culver City – opened in Spring 2012. Seven stations are being built on the 6.6-mile Expo Line Phase 2 light rail line that will travel through West L.A. to the vicinity of Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade shopping district.
Crenshaw/LAX and Expo Line Phase 1 and 2 are expected to transport tens of thousands of passengers daily and connect residents of Southwest Los Angeles to Pasadena, Universal City, East L.A. and Long Beach through Metro’s regional light rail system.
Mark Ridley-Thomas has recommended the feasibility study for the proposed “Rail-to-River Bikeway” that would transform unused or abandoned rail right-of-ways along a blighted section of Slauson Avenue into an 8.3-mile linear park featuring a pedestrian walk-path and bike route.