A lot has been happening in Inglewood lately.
Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke continues to near completion of his yet-to-be-named football cathedral next to the Forum as the centerpiece of the Los Angeles Stadium & Entertainment District at Hollywood Park. The adjacent land is graded and preparing to transform into a retail and dining district that will resemble a newer version of the Universal City Walk or The Grove, complete with a lake, parkland, and condos. Beyond that Los Angeles Clippers Owner Steve Ballmer is spending the next three years exclusively with Ingelwood looking into a new identity for his Clippers with a potential new arena that would lie South of the Rams stadium near the Hollywood Park Casino.
Now, it looks like a plan has emerged that would connect all the new attractions to the Metro and currently sleepy downtown Inglewood.
The city is looking to construct an elevated tram or “people mover” that would start at the Market Street stop of the upcoming Crenshaw Line and continue down Manchester Blvd to the the football stadium, retail district, and the Clippers Arena in what the city is calling the Inglewood Transit Connector. For those familiar with the area, one would be able to top a night out at the Savoy Nightclub with a luxurious tram ride to Del Taco for a late night feast.
Funding options are still being explored and an environmental report must be completed if the tram is to become a reality.
It may ultimately look somewhat similar to the people mover being proposed at LAX:
The Crenshaw line is expected to open by 2019 and will have eight stops:
- Martin Luther King Jr.
- Leimert Park
- Hyde Park
- Fairview Heights
- Downtown Inglewood
Back in September of last year, Curbed LA ranked the Crenshaw Line in their list of projects that could “transform” LA.
Suffice to say that the tram/people mover/whatever connecting it to the Rams future home would be something that would impact tens of thousands of Rams fans if not more.