Los Angeles Metro

C Line (Green) Extension to Torrance

The C Line (Green) Extension to Torrance is a Measure M project studying light rail transit options between the existing Redondo Beach Station and the under-construction Torrance Transit Center. The Project Area follows the Metro-owned Harbor Subdivision railroad right-of-way (Metro ROW) along a 4.5-mile north-south corridor and aims to extend rail service south in portions of the Cities of Lawndale, Redondo Beach, and Torrance. Trains from both the Metro C Line (Green) and the future Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project would run on this new extension.

In early 2020, Metro awarded a contract to The Robert Group to conduct outreach and public engagement, and separately, STV Inc. to conduct the environmental analysis and conceptual engineering to complete the EIR phase of the project. STV and TRG have over a decade of involvement working together on the project, starting with the initial Alternative Analysis phase of the study, through a partial Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) and the completed Supplemental Alternatives Analysis (SAA).

At the completion of the SAA, the Metro Board approved carrying forward two build alternatives and initiating a new DEIR. The environmental process will provide detailed environmental analysis of the alternatives that emerged from the SAA in 2018, the Metro right-of-way (ROW) and Hawthorne Boulevard.

One of the first steps within the environmental clearance of the project included a public scoping review period, which concluded in March 2021 with virtual public scoping meetings and an online StoryMap for the public to view project information and interactive maps at their own pace and from the comfort of their homes during the pandemic.  During this phase, TRG conducted neighborhood walks, a virtual walk, and developed different Storymaps to engage stakeholders. TRG also facilitated additional meetings, community tours of existing light rail infrastructure, and pop-up events to further involve the community. Additionally, TRG conducted additional outreach with Los Angeles County Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell, representing the 2nd District, through outreach events like additional community meetings and a neighborhood walk. Metro staff will now prepare a recommendation on a Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) in early 2024 based on the findings from the Draft EIR. Moving forward, we hope to engage stakeholders through additional meetings, community tours of existing light rail infrastructure, Community-Based Organization partnerships, First/Last Mile walk audits and workshops, and pop-up events.

Additionally, TRG continues to work with local elected officials, community organizations, business owners, homeowners’ associations, and other key stakeholders to help build project awareness and keep the community informed of the latest project updates.