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The Metro Board authorized a contract in January 2020 to begin the environmental process for the Green Line Extension to Torrance project and the team began preliminary studies. Public presentations and conversations are tentatively scheduled for late summer, pending public health guidance on assembly due to COVID-19.

In 2018, Metro completed the Supplemental Alternatives Analysis (SAA), soliciting feedback from corridor cities and stakeholders, refining alternatives previously identified as part of the Metro Harbor Subdivision Alternatives Analysis (AA) Report prepared in 2009. The SAA identified two alternatives to be studied in the Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS):

Alternative 1: Metro-Owned Right-of-Way

Alternative 1 would begin at the existing Redondo Beach Station and follow the existing Metro railroad right-of-way for the length of the Project. Two stations are proposed: Redondo Beach Transit Center and Torrance Transit Center.

Alternative 2: Hawthorne Boulevard

Alternative 2 would begin at the existing Redondo Beach Station and leave the Metro right-of-way to parallel I-405 between Inglewood Avenue and Hawthorne Boulevard. It would then follow Hawthorne Boulevard south before rejoining the Metro railroad right-of-way near 190th Street. Two stations are proposed: South Bay Galleria and Torrance Transit Center.