The City of Inglewood announced it is exploring the feasibility of building a People Mover
Inglewood wants to build its own elevated transit system to ferry visitors to The Forum, the adjacent NFL stadium opening in 2020 and a potential Clippers arena, officials announced Monday. The 1.8-mile people mover would link the future Metro Crenshaw/LAX light-rail transit station at Market Street and Florence Avenue in downtown Inglewood to the Forum, the new NFL stadium and entertainment complex opening in 2020, and a possible new arena for the Los Angeles Clippers.
An initial scoping meeting about the plan is set for 6:00 -8:00 p.m. July 26th at the Inglewood Senior Center, 111 N. Locust.
The 1.8-mile automatic people mover would start in downtown Inglewood near the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Authority’s Crenshaw/LAX light-rail line. Under the proposal, the railway would run along Market Street to Manchester Boulevard and then south on Prairie Avenue. It would end at the site of the Clippers’ proposed Inglewood Basketball and Entertainment Center at Century Boulevard.
Each of the venues along Prairie Avenue would have its own stop. A round-trip could take just 13 minutes, according to a report released by the city.
Connecting residents, fans, employees, shoppers and patrons to a world-class sports and entertainment district that activates and enhances a full range of employment and entertainment opportunities is the future of Inglewood,” Mayor James Butts said in a statement. “Conducting the needed analysis to get this right for Inglewood residents and visitors is the next step in turning what was once just a vision into operational reality. “
The proposed people mover is estimated to cost more than $600 million to build and an additional $18 million to $20 million annually to operate, according to a report released by the city.
Though no specific funding source exists yet, officials hope to form an Enhanced Infrastructure Finance District to use property tax increment money on the project. Their proposal would seek a public-private partnership to cover some of the costs, according to the report.
Earlier this year, the Los Angeles City Council approved a proposal to design and build a people mover to connect Metro’s rail system to Los Angeles International Airport. That project would cover 2.25 miles and cost early $5 billion.
The city also launched a new website for the proposal at www.envisioninglewood.org The final EIR will not be ready until late 2019.