LOS ANGELES – The K Line, a rail line connecting Los Angeles with Inglewood and El Segundo, will partially open Oct. 7, Metro announced Thursday.
To mark the occasion, Metro will offer free rides on all of its buses and trains that entire weekend.
Initially dubbed the Crenshaw/LAX Line, the K Line brings “convenient, fast, reliable and low-cost rail transit” that has not been in the South Los Angeles area since the 1950s, Metro officials said.
Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a statement the opening will fulfill a dream that began when Mayor Tom Bradley was in office and sought to provide world-class transportation in South Los Angeles.
“The K line is integral to Los Angeles’ transportation future, and in just a few weeks, it will open doors of opportunity for riders across our region and help make Los Angeles a more accessible, sustainable, and inclusive city,” Garcetti said.
Located in the heart of the Crenshaw Corridor and Inglewood, the K Line will provide access to Leimert Park Village and pass near SoFi Stadium. Inglewood officials are working to build a transit connection from the line’s Inglewood station and the stadium.
“Little by little we are becoming the world’s center of sports and entertainment, thanks in part to the K Line coming to our city,” Inglewood Mayor James Butts said.
Butts shared during a recent Inglewood city council meeting new construction is planned for the line crossing at the intersection of Florence and Centinela Ave’s to bring the line above grade. He didn’t provide an estimated start date for the activity.
Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin said the new stations on the K Line will “change the lives of residents and future generations of Angelenos” commuting between Los Angeles, the Westside and South Bay.
The line will initially only open between the Expo/Crenshaw and Westchester/Veterans stations. The Aviation/Century station is projected to open late next year and provide access to LAX, though the LAX/Metro Transit Center Station itself is set to open in late 2024. That station will also provide access to the under-construction Automated People Mover that will take passengers directly to the LAX terminal area.
It was still unclear when the K Line will continue south to the connect with the C (Green) Line at the Aviation/LAX Station on the border of El Segundo and Hawthorne.
2UrbanGirls contributed to this report.