Weekend rail service on the Green Line between the Crenshaw and Redondo Beach stations will be suspended from July 12 through the fall to continue work to connect Green Line tracks with the new Crenshaw/LAX Line tracks, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced Monday.

During that period, rail service suspension will begin every Friday at 9 p.m. and resume the following Monday morning until work is completed.

Free Metro bus shuttles will replace rail service and run every 15 minutes between the Crenshaw and Redondo Beach stations.

During the service suspension the following stations will not have rail service:

— Hawthorne/Lennox;

— Aviation/LAX;

— Mariposa;

— El Segundo;

— Douglas; and

— Redondo Beach.

Regular Green Line rail service will operate between the Norwalk and Crenshaw stations, where passengers will transfer to buses to continue their trip. Regular bus service at all closed stations will remain the same as usual.

Construction on the rail connection between the Green and the Crenshaw/LAX lines began last January when rail tracks were installed, followed by the installation of overhead power lines. The latest closures will allow Metro to begin testing rail systems software, and the whole process may take more than 10 weekends, according to the transit agency.

The Crenshaw/LAX Line is scheduled to open in 2020. The 8.5-mile light rail line will have eight new stations serving the Crenshaw, Inglewood, Westchester and LAX communities.

An additional station is currently under construction at Aviation Boulevard and 96th Street, where Crenshaw/LAX Line and Green Line riders will be able to transfer to the LAX Automated People Mover to access airport terminals. Both the Aviation/96th Station and the people mover are scheduled to open in 2023.

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