West Santa Ana Branch Transit Corridor
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The West Santa Ana Branch Transit Corridor is a planned light rail line, mostly following the historic Pacific Electric West Santa Ana Branch, connecting Downtown Los Angeles to the City of Artesia and other cities in southeastern Los Angeles County.
|West Santa Ana Branch Transit|
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has $5 billion in funds available for construction planned to begin in 2022. The plan included in the Measure M transportation funding measure is to build improvements in two stages. In June 2017, Metro issued a Request for Proposals to study alternatives for this new LA Metro Rail route. Metro has narrowed the options to two alternatives and are currently preparing to publish the Draft EIS/EIR for public comment. The draft EIS/EIR is planned to be released in 2020.
Proposed routings and modesEdit
The West Santa Ana Branch Transit Corridor project is proposed as a 20-mile light rail transit line that would connect downtown Los Angeles to Artesia. Along the route, it would also serve the communities of Vernon, Huntington Park, Bell, Cudahy, South Gate, Downey, Paramount, Bellflower, and Cerritos in southeast area of the county. The southern portion (south of Florence/Salt Lake proposed station) route will use the old Red Car right of way owned by Ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach and Metro. The northern alignment through Downtown Los Angeles is being studied as possible underground light rail transit route. Six options were proposed. As of summer 2018, two options were being considered (both of which would connect to the southern alignment by paralleling the Blue Line between Washington and Slauson stations, and part of an existing freight rail line along Randolph Street):
- Alameda Street (Alternative E): A subway under Alameda, passing through the Arts District and connecting to the Gold Line at Little Tokyo before continuing on to Los Angeles Union Station.
- Downtown Transit Core (Alternative G): Would deviate westward from the Alameda route in the Arts District and continue downtown via a subway, terminating at either 7th Street/Metro Center or Pershing Square.
|Alternative E||Alternative G|
|Union Station (existing)||Downtown Los Angeles|| Amtrak
|Little Tokyo/Arts District station (existing)||Little Tokyo||Gold Line||×||-|
|Downtown Transit Core station||Financial District|| Red Line
|South Park/Fashion District station||Fashion District||-||×|
|A 2nd Separate Arts District station||Arts District||×||×|
|7th/Alameda Station||Arts District||×||×|
|Washington station (existing)||Nevin||Blue Line||×||×|
|Vernon station (existing)||Central-Alameda||Blue Line||×||×|
|Slauson station (existing)||Florence-Graham||Blue Line||×||×|
|Pacific/Randolph Station||Huntington Park/Walnut Park||×||×|
|Florence/Salt Lake Station||Bell/Cudahy||×||×|
|Firestone Station||South Gate||×||×|
|I-105/Green Line transfer station||Paramount||Green Line||×||×|
Metro is evaluating an optional station in Cerritos at Bloomfield Ave (just north of the LA County-Orange County boundary) to facilitate future extension into Orange County; it could eventually connect to the under construction OC Streetcar, which also uses part of the Pacific Electric WSAB right-of-way.
In 2019, Metro announced that as part of its design analysis, it would study opening the line in stages, with the initial opening segment running from Pioneer Station in Artesia either to the Green Line or further to Slauson Station on the Blue Line, with the remainder of the route into downtown built later. Metro staff were "optimistic" that it would be feasible to build the line to Slauson by 2028 with existing Measure M funds. Metro was also studying public-private partnerships that could accelerate the construction schedule of the entire line. Under the proposed plans, design for the initial segment would be complete by 2021 and construction would begin in 2022.
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