Inglewood Transit Connector Project | Los Angeles Conservancy
Historic 1960s image of Downtown Inglewood and Market Street. A proposed, elevated APM will travel through Market Street. Photo: Inglewood Public Library.

Inglewood Transit Connector Project

The City of Inglewood is proposing an elevated automated people mover (APM) that will travel through the heart of its downtown. As it is currently planned, the Inglewood Transit Connector (ITC) and an APM structure will travel through, and cast a shadow over, the core of its historic Market Street. 

In December 2020, the City of Inglewood released its Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Inglewood Transit Connector (ITC) Project to connect SoFi Stadium with Metro's Crenshaw Line. 

While the project states that it will activate the downtown area and "complements and preserves the historic fabric of Downtown," there is no planned stop there, the APM radically alters the downtown's physical environment, and there are no measures in place to ensure it will not do the exact opposite. We believe the project as currently envisioned will lead to greater disinvestment, infeasibility, and demolition of historic buildings.

Under the current plan, the APM will be elevated approximately forty feet in the air with large concrete support columns that will dominate and dramatically alter the existing lowrise Main Street commercial district. The Conservancy is concerned about what type of environment will result for pedestrians once the APM is constructed.

Within the Project Area, there are ten identified historic resources, nine of which are located within the Downtown area. In their analysis, Historic Resources Group (HRG) found significant impacts to several resources, most notably the National Register of Historic Places-listed Fox Theatre. Under the current plan, the Federal Building and Loan Association building will be demolished to facilitate a radius turn for the APM. 

The Conservancy is concerned about what type of environment  will result for pedestrians once the APM is constructed and is pressing for greater consideration of alternatives to this project and identification of meaningful mitigation measures. Our hope is a modified ITC Project will better achieve the City's goal to reactivate Downtown Inglewood.

To share your concerns and comments on the proposed project, please submit comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Inglewood Transit Connector (ITC) Project; they were initially due on February 8, 2021.

You can read the Conservancy's comments here.

Send comments to Mindy Wilcox, Planning Manager (inglewoodtransitconnector@cityofinglewood.org)

Copy the City Manager and Council Members:
Artie Fields - contactcm@cityofinglewood.org 
George Dotson (Council District 1) - GDotson@cityofinglewood.org
Alex Padilla (Council District 2) - APadilla@cityofinglewood.org
Eloy Morales, Jr. (Council District 3) - EMorales@CityofInglewood.org
Dionne Faulke (Council District 4) - dfaulk@cityofinglewood.org

Please copy the Los Angeles Conservancy so that we can track progress, afine@laconservancy.org

Key Points:
  1. The project will negatively affect the economic viability of  Downtown Inglewood;
  2. Constructing an elevated tramway will blanket Market Street in shadow and dramatically alter its environment;
  3. The elevated tramway is out of scale with the low-rise Main Street commercial district;
  4. The project will obstruct historic viewsheds of the historic Fox Theatre and other buildings, limiting their future economic viability for reuse and/or rehabilitation; and 
  5. The project will demolish the California Register-eligible Federal Building and Loan Association building.