OurWeekly: Agency projects hundreds of jobs for South L.A. residents from Crenshaw line

Lena Coleman | OW Contributor | 7/4/2013 |

The construction of the Crenshaw/LAX rail line is projected to create 7,500 construction jobs with at least 3,000 of the workers coming from South Los Angeles and other impoverished areas.

On Thursday, June 27, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board approved a $1.27 billion design/build contract with Walsh/Shea Corridor Constructors to build the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor Project.

The approval will be the catalyst for the start of a Construction Careers policy designed to put more South L.A. residents to work.

The 8.5-mile light rail line will run between the Expo Line, which travels east-west along Exposition Blvd., and the Metro Green Line, offering “an alternative transportation option to congested roadways and significant environmental benefits,” according to the MTA. The MTA said utility location is already under way and heavy construction is expected to start in spring 2014.

“By connecting these communities to the rest of the county, we hope that it will draw more business and economic development opportunities, resulting in more jobs for the area,” said Jackie Cornejo, Construction Careers Project director at Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE).

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