Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts could not be reached for comment on the two-year delay of the Crenshaw/LAX rail line opening. Butts, also chair of Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA), counted on the rail line opening in Summer 2020 to coincide with the opening of SoFi stadium, which has also been delayed.
The Crenshaw Line is an integral component of diminishing Inglewood residents concerns over the lack of parking for stadium attendees. With attendance expected to reach 70,000 on event days, the city of Inglewood lacks adequate parking for the massive project.
Butts and Co. continue to discuss implementing a “people mover” that will also alleviate parking concerns, but that hinges on the completion of the Crenshaw Line, which is flawed in its construction. Without the rail line and people mover, traffic congestion in Inglewood will reach capacity unlike anything we have ever seen.
The city of Inglewood has partnered with LA County Sheriff to do traffic control, as opposed to California Highway Patrol, who performs the same duties at Santa Clara’s Levi Stadium. Although the Sheriff provides traffic control at nearby Dignity Health Center in Carson, that is a much smaller venue and parking isn’t problematic due to the added use of Cal State Dominguez Hills parking spaces.
It has been confirmed that the city of Inglewood is short approximately 16,000 parking spaces at SoFi Stadium, and the delays of the Crenshaw Line and stadium opening, may give Butts pause for concern.
The rail delays are caused by faulty construction of wall supports over the bridge at LaBrea and Florence and flaws in the steel support structures that anchors the train tracks on bridges and tunnels. Another bridge for the rail line, is over the 405 freeway and LaCienega. In essence, the faulty construction could have resulted in trains falling onto the traffic below.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the Crenshaw Rail line is 95% complete. What entity is responsible for inspecting the site, to ensure these issues were adequately addressed before now?
Is Walsh-Shea cutting corners? Public safety is significantly at risk and perhaps the rail line construction workers are under the same duress to open on time as SoFi stadium constructions workers are.
With Las Vegas’ Allegiant Stadium approximately 90% complete, we wonder if they have experienced such issues surrounding their project that plagues SoFi Stadium?