Underused Train Tracks Along Slauson Avenue to Become Bike and Pedestrian Path

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The 6.4-mile-long Rail-to-Rail connection that just got funded will start at Slauson and Santa Fe Avenues and extend to Crenshaw and Sixth-Seventh Street, at which point it will continue toward the Crenshaw Line stop at Florence Avenue and West Bouelvard (Fairview Heights Station) via Sixty-Seventh Street and West. As it is now, not only is there no bike lane on Slauson, there isn’t even a sidewalk on the north side of the street. The new pathway will have lighting, benches, and signage along the way.

The idea of turning this underused rail corridor into a link between the LA River and the Crenshaw Line came up a couple years ago, but back then it was just one of a couple ideas for revitalizing this section of Slauson Avenue.

One of the things Metro has to do before the project can be built is get the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad, which has rights to run its freight trains on the tracks (but doesn’t do so very often) “to formally abandon the rail right-of-way.”

· Metro receives $15-million federal grant for Rail-to-River walk and bike path in South L.A. [The Source]

· Abandoned South LA Rail Tracks Could Become A Greenbelt [Curbed LA]

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