Inglewood working on tram to link Crenshaw Line, NFL stadium

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Inglewood is looking to build an automated tram to link the Crenshaw Line—a Metro train that’s set to open in 2019—with the city’s growing list of major attractions.

The people mover would run for 2 miles, connecting downtown Inglewood, the under-construction NFL stadium and the neighborhood set to rise next to it, the Forum, and the arena that the Clippers might build.

The route would be from Market Street (where the Crenshaw Line’s downtown Inglewood station will be located) to Manchester Avenue, then down Prairie Avenue to Century Boulevard, the Daily Breeze reports. A one-way trip would take 13 minutes.

The elevated people mover would help residents and visitors access more public transportation options and “complete the first/last mile connection from the Regional Metro Rail system to the City’s major activity centers,” says the city’s website for the project.

The route of the proposed tram: It would travel between the Crenshaw Line’s Market Street stop and Century Boulevard, passing the Forum and the NFL stadium—the future home of the Rams and Chargers—on the way.

There is no funding source yet for the project, but officials are considering forming “an Enhanced Infrastructure Finance District to use property tax increment money on the project,” says the Breeze.

The project website features a report that estimates the cost of the people mover along Prairie could be as much as $746 million for construction, then up to $17 million a year for operational costs.

The elevated tram would ferry passengers to the NFL stadium.

A final environmental impact report for the Inglewood people mover project is expected in 2019.

Nearby, LAX is getting its own automated people mover that will also hook up with the Crenshaw Line at the 96th Street station. (The Green Line will also link to the people mover at that location.)

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