The new transit system is expected to carry 11,000 fans per hour to the LA28 Opening Ceremony at the SoFi Stadium ©Getty Images

California State Governor Gavin Newsom has agreed $407 million (£330 million/€372 million) in funding towards an automated transit system that will carry passengers to Los Angeles Olympic venues in 2028.

The line is planned to carry passengers approximately 1.6 miles (2.57 kilometres) from the city’s Metro K Line station in downtown Inglewood to the stadium area district.

Officials have predicted that the Inglewood Transit Connector is expected to have a capacity of 11,000 passengers per hour.

"The projects funded represent critical transportation and will provide alternatives to driving with access to a modernised, public transit system," Governor Newsom said.

"California is unwavering in our commitment to our world-leading climate agenda, including record levels of investments in public transportation projects to electrify fleets, expand and improve service, and spark ridership growth."

The new service would serve the SoFi Stadium which is set to stage the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and football during the Olympics.

It is also due to stop at the Kia Forum, the proposed venue for gymnastics and at the Intuit Dome which is set to be the new home area for the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team.

"Project completion is scheduled for 2028, allowing service to begin in support of the Los Angeles 2028 Summer Olympics," official documents issued by the Governor’s Office said.

The grants are administered by the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) as part of the Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP).

The project has already received $95 million (£77 million/€87 million) from the TIRCP.

The anticipated cost of the total project is forecast at $1.5 billion (£1.22 million/€1.37 million)

The Inglewood Transit Connector Joint Powers Authority is working with the Federal Transit Agency to obtain a further grant to help cover the balance of the project’s cost.

CalSTA is expected to announce a further $1.14 billion (£920 million/€1.04 billion) in awards by the end of April.

These are expected to be made to new transit projects and improvements at high-priority intersections where rail lines and public streets meet.

The awarding of contracts for the design of the project is expected later in the year.

Los Angeles is set to host the Olympics for the third time in 2028.

When the Games were held in 1984, officials were particularly concerned about the impact of heavy traffic on August 3, when competition took place at 19 venues.

It was dubbed "Black Friday" but fears of congestion and gridlock on the city’s freeways ultimately proved unfounded.