The Metro Board also awarded a nearly $1.3 billion construction contract for the Crenshaw/LAX light rail line to Walsh/Shea Corridors Construction, signaling a major milestone for the project. On the table, however, was a proposal to move nearly $100 million dollars in Measure R money to the Crenshaw/LAX line. South Bay leaders decried the possible shifting. Metro justified the proposal by stating that the project partially is within the boundary of what the agency defines as the South Bay.
Officials representing the area charged that Metro quietly changed the boundary in 2009 to include LAX and inferred that the move would purposely shoulder much of the cost for the new line onto the South Bay area. Cities within the sub-region approved resolutions against the proposal, citing the need to use those funds for needed road and highway improvements and that Measure R already have relatively little to offer for the South Bay to begin with. Fortunately, the Metro Board listened to their concerns and dropped the proposal.