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Crenshaw District light rail line construction begins

Monday, June 04, 2012
A new rail system is expected to bring better public transit and lots of jobs to South Los Angeles.

A new rail system is expected to bring better public transit and lots of jobs to South Los Angeles. (KABC Photo)

A new rail system is expected to bring better public transit and lots of jobs to South Los Angeles.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa joined L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and other officials Monday to launch the beginning of construction of the Crenshaw-to-LAX light-rail line.

The 8.5-mile line will make commuting easier for residents of the Crenshaw District and several other communities.

And thanks to a labor agreement between Metro and the building trades, the project means 18,000 construction jobs, with 40 percent of the employees coming from local neighborhoods.

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