Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

Construction began Friday on a $172 million facility to maintain light rail cars that will be used on Metro’s planned connection to Los Angeles International Airport.

The Southwest Yard near LAX is set to be completed in 2019, in time for the planned 2020 opening of the Crenshaw line extension to the airport, and around the time that a people mover will be completed to connect LAX directly with the rail line.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who chairs the Metro board, said the Southwest Yard “will allow Metro to safely and efficiently maintain the vehicles that will finally connect the growing Metro rail network to LAX.”

The 115,650-square-foot facility will have the capacity to house 70 light rail cars — with room to expand as demand grows on the Crenshaw/LAX and the Green lines — and is expected to have a 200-person staff.

The design and construction contract for the project was awarded to a joint venture by Helsel Phelps and Herzog, and is funded by revenues from the Measure R half-cent sales tax.

—City News Service

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