At the other end of town, efforts are underway to take a study of rail to LAX into the environmental study phase. However, doubt continues to linger as at least one transportation cynic believes the Crenshaw/LAX line under construction and the separate LAX rail line would still be inconvenient to most travelers. For example, even though no-traffic days are rare on roads between downtown and LAX, a car trip would still take less time than a rail trip that includes a transfer between the Expo and Crenshaw lines. More glaringly, however, the Crenshaw/LAX line goes only as far north as the Expo Line, which would discourage those traveling to popular destinations such as Hollywood from using the rail network. It should be noted that The Transit Coalition proposes extending the Crenshaw/LAX line into Hollywood and then to Pasadena. Meanwhile, Transit Coalition Chair Ken Alpern warns that discussion of this particular rail line must eliminate racial overtones and move towards job creation and preservation. Alpern also provides a primer on the options to bring rail to LAX.
Meanwhile, in response to a previous article on how rail should not be the only answer to Los Angeles’ transportation woes, Phillip Hart, who previously served on the Expo Line Urban Design Committee, agreed that transit-oriented development will remain critical in developing the rail network. Hart believes that such development will make the rail system efficient, foster growth within Los Angeles and empower economically disadvantaged neighborhoods.