L.A. Rams stadium could cost county extra $150 million for train bridge, oopsie

So this isn’t good: A subway line under construction in Los Angeles had planned to have trains cross Centinela Avenue in Inglewood at street level — but planners are now worried that this could cause too many traffic tie-ups with crowds headed to and from the new Rams stadium. So they’re instead looking at building a bridge to take trains over the road, which would cost $100-150 million. Also, building a bridge could delay the opening of the line, unless the county-owned Metro Rail builds temporary tracks or puts in a temporary shuttle bus to get past the bridge site, of which Los Angeles Magazine notes, “It’s hard to imagine the transit agency opening a rail line that requires a bus to travel from end-to-end.”

This is more than a little reminiscent of the Atlanta Braves bridge fiasco, which resulted when Cobb County approved the stadium before putting together a transportation plan. Whereas when Inglewood okayed the Rams stadium:

The vote adopts a new redevelopment plan without calling a public vote, effectively kick-starting construction and sidestepping lengthy environmental review of issues such as noise, traffic and air pollution.

You know, sometimes red tape is there for a reason. Just sayin’.

3 comments on “L.A. Rams stadium could cost county extra $150 million for train bridge, oopsie

  1. LA Metro is on a tear building new train lines. Some, such as the Expo line (which runs near the Coliseum) were built with many street crossings that make the train stop for oncoming traffic at red lights. This leads to the #1 complaint about light rail — that it’s too slow.

    Centinela is already a busy street and grade separating (a bridge) is already warranted regardless of future development. The true stadium/Metro concern is the closest station to Hollywood Park is over a mile away. Metro has suggested shuttle buses, which could be argued should be payed by Kronke and developers.

  2. Kudos to the L.A. Metro for building new lines. But no new train should be built with grade crossings.

    Stadium or no stadium, these tracks should be either on a bridge or underground.

  3. Ha! If LA Metro abided by what Ferdinand suggested, they would’ve actually done some good. Instead, our Metro expansion has helped nobody except people who don’t want to pay for parking at USC games.