Commuters who rely on the Metro Green Line between Hawthorne and Redondo Beach will have to make alternate travel plans for the next 10 weeks, with five train stations closing Friday to accommodate construction work.

The work will connect the Green Line with the under-construction Crenshaw/LAX line, which is scheduled for completion next year.

To make the connection, Metro will close the Green Line’s Aviation/LAX, Mariposa, El Segundo, Douglas and Redondo Beach stations at 9 p.m. Friday, and they’ll remain closed until 3 a.m. April 7.

A free bus shuttle will provide service from the Hawthorne/Lennox station to all the closed stations.

Los Angeles International Airport Shuttle G, which normally carries passengers to the airport from the Aviation/LAX station, will be relocated during the closure to the Hawthorne/Lennox station. The shuttle will return to the Aviation/LAX station once the construction work is complete.

“As we improve our airport and the region improves our public transportation system, we know that the necessary construction may mean additional frustration and headaches for the traveling public,” said Keith Wilschetz, Los Angeles World Airports’ deputy executive director for operations and emergency management.

“By adding more drivers and additional buses to take people from the Green Line’s temporary final stop at Hawthorne/Lennox directly to LAX, we will be able to reduce the impact to the traveler, provide the highest quality of service, and get people where they need to go faster, and more efficiently,” he said.

LAWA will be adding three buses and six drivers to the shuttle route, bringing the total number of buses to 10. Buses will depart from the Hawthorne/Lennox Station every 15-25 minutes, which closely mirrors the Green Line train schedule. The estimated length of the trip between the Hawthorne/Lennox Station and LAX is 30 minutes.

The Crenshaw/LAX line will connect the Metro Expo Line at Crenshaw and Exposition boulevards to the Metro Green Line near the airport, traveling through Inglewood, El Segundo and Westchester. The $2 billion project is scheduled to be completed in 2019.

—City News Service

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