On May 30th, 2018, a ceremony took place at the site of the future Torrance Transit Park and Ride Regional Terminal to mark the beginning of construction on the facility. Speakers included Torrance Transit Director Kim Turner, Torrance Mayor Patrick J. Furey, California State Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn and California Governor Edmund G. Brown. Also in attendance were two esteemed members of Congress, Congressman Ted Lieu and Congresswoman Maxine Waters and a host of other state and local officials. The speakers emphasized the importance of projects such as the Transit Terminal for the region, including their positive impacts for economic growth, job creation and reducing traffic congestion and pollutants for those who live and work in communities such as Torrance.
In addition to the Transit Terminal itself, the panel of speakers also championed the impact of SB-1 in accelerating the extension of the Metro Green Line light rail project, which will allow the Green Line to terminate at the Torrance Transit Terminal. Due to funding made available by SB-1, the Green Line extension is now slated to be completed in time for the 2028 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Once completed, this will allow Torrance residents to gain easy access to the growing Metro Rail network.
Located on 465 Crenshaw Blvd. in Torrance, the facility is slated to open in the summer of 2019. The Transit Terminal will feature a 15,000 square foot Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Certified building with a Transit Store, Transit Access Pass (TAP) Ticket Vending Machines at the bus berths and inside the terminal building and an area slated for retail use. The facility will have eight bus berths, layover space, a 250 stall parking lot, a passenger drop-off zone and bicycle storage area. A proposed second phase will construct a 1,500 car, multi-level parking structure.
The Transit Terminal will provide a central point for Torrance Transit’s bus services, along with connections to other regional bus operators. With its location close to the I-405 and I-110 freeways, the Transit Terminal is poised to not only serve as a hub for the nearly 4 million annual riders of Torrance Transit, but also significantly reduce single occupancy vehicle usage.