Crenshaw & West hollywood
WEHO, you deserve better than being the side piece to the Crenshaw line.
In 2008 West Hollywood voted strongly for Measure R with hopes of getting a high capacity, grade separated rail extension of the Metro Red Line to West LA. When Metro discovered it would be too expensive, they nixed it. In 2016 West Hollywood voting again strongly for transit, this time for Measure M. Hopes have been instead pinned on the Crenshaw Light Rail line going out of its way to serve the city even though its main destination has always been Hollywood. It seems we are back in the same situation but now with an almost $3 Billion dollar shortfall and content to settle for a slower, meandering, expensive, medium capacity Light Rail line to South LA. The question begs... where will the $2 Billion come from??
WEST HOLLYWOOD, how do you know this time will be different? Don't get GOT this time!
WEST HOLLYWOOD, YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL!
With HyRail you don't need to settle for pulling the Crenshaw line out of its alignment. You can have a dedicated line though the spine of West Hollywood with direct access to Downtown LA and/or Silicon Beach, AND still have the Crenshaw line on the eastern border of La Brea with direct access to Hollywood and LAX. Because HyRail has a higher capacity/speed and is much cheaper to build than Light Rail, we can build more for less!
WHERE WOULD THE MONEY COME FROM?
With construction costs below $200 million per mile, we've found that Metro can save up to $6 Billion by choosing the following corridors be built with HyRail instead of Light or Heavy Rail, savings listed below
With these savings and the Crenshaw line traveling direct along La Brea ave to Hollywood, Weho can have a brand new dedicated line along Santa Monica/San Vicente and ending in either one or both of the following areas...
WEHO to Silicon Beach
By advocating for the Sepulveda Pass Transit corridor to be built with HyRail, Metro will save up to $6 Billion Dollars which is seed money that must be spent on the west side. A West Hollywood HyRail line from Santa Monica and La Brea can travel west to San Vicente, then turn South to the mid city junction around Venice bl. A Venice bl spur from here is about 9 miles to the beach costing between $1-$1.5B.
WEHO to Downtown LA
Under the Measure M expenditure plan the almost $1 Billion saved by choosing HyRail for the West Santa Ana Branch corridor must be spend in the central cities area and Gateway cities. Savings would come from the very costly Slauson-DTLA segment. This seed money must be spent in the mid city area and can be allocated to create the other spur which could travel from the Mid-City junction along Pico bl into downtown LA with a stop at the Convention Center, Staples Center and transfer to the Metro Blue and Expo lines. The new line from Santa Monica/La Brea through West Hollywood and into Downtown LA is 10.5 miles and would cost about $1.5B.
WEHO to Hollywood and LAX
The Crenshaw line light rail would travel direct along La Brea to Hollywood with a HyRail transfer station at Santa Monica bl. for West Hollywood. WEHO would then have quick and direct access to Hollywood and LAX at a much faster speed.
Don't Settle Weho! With HyRail, West Hollywood will be a destination on it's own with High Speed/Capacity service from all corners.