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L.A. Metro begins tunnel excavation for Crenshaw/LAX line, marks 25 years of Blue Line service

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) late last week began tunnel excavation and decking work for the Crenshaw/LAX light-rail project.

Crews started laying the underground trench for the project's alignment between Florence Avenue and Slauson Avenue, and soon will begin the potholing process, Metro officials said in a press release.

A "K-rail" traffic barrier will be installed to create a working space on the median of Crenshaw Boulevard between 60th Street and 58th Place.

The $2 billion, 8.5-mile Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project will connect the Expo Line and the Metro Green line, and will have eight stations. The venture is funded by Measure R, a half-cent sales tax approved by Los Angeles County voters in 2008.

Meanwhile, Metro on Monday marked the 25th anniversary of its modern rail service. The agency celebrated the milestone by recreating the opening of the Blue Line, its first rail route.

Over the course of its 25-year history, Metro built 87 miles of rail, and now has several other projects underway. To read more about the agency's current and upcoming endeavors, read this feature in the July issue of Progressive Railroading.

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