In Inglewood, 44 businesses may be forced to clear out to accommodate the newly implemented Inglewood Transit Connector (ITC), a train system meant to shuttle patrons to and from the recently opened SoFi Stadium.
The ITC, which is expected to launch in 2021, is a crucial component of the city’s effort to overhaul its transportation infrastructure to meet the demands of the SoFi Stadium. The costly endeavor, however, could spell trouble for the businesses that currently occupy the land along the proposed rail line.
Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts Jr. has been in talks with the businesses for months as the city attempts to acquire the land for the ITC. So far, only a few businesses have agreed to a relocation package.
The ITC is being constructed by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA). The rail system will run from the Downtown Inglewood station to the SoFi Stadium and will be equipped with the latest in locomotive technology.
The line is expected to serve up to 8,000 passengers daily and will feature sleek, modern trains capable of speeds up to 35 miles per hour.
The ITC is just one component of the $2.6 billion transportation investment package that the city has been working on for over a decade. The package also includes a light rail system connecting the city’s Metro Expo Line to the SoFi Stadium, as well as freeway improvements and other upgrades.
If all goes according to plan, the ITC will be up and running in time for the 2021 NFL season, providing an efficient and reliable transportation system for fans and residents of Inglewood alike. The cost, however, could be steep–forcing 44 businesses to relocate to make way for the rail line.
Mayor Butts has said that the city is doing everything it can to ensure that the businesses can find suitable new locations, but the transition is proving to be a difficult one for many.
In the coming months, the city will continue to negotiate with the businesses as it works to acquire the necessary land for the ITC. The fate of the Inglewood businesses hangs in the balance, as the city works to secure the land needed to build the train system.