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The West Santa Ana Transit Corridor is a railroad right-of-way (ROW) that extends for approximately 20 miles between the City of Paramount in Los Angeles County and the City of Santa Ana in Orange County. The railroad corridor was once part of the Pacific Electric (PE) Railway, or Red Car system that provided mass transit service to Southern California from 1901 to 1961. Metro purchased the Los Angeles portion of the corridor which is referred to as the West Santa Ana Branch in the 1990s. Much of the corridor has been abandoned and is not currently used for mass transit purposes. 

The Measure R sales tax measure that was approved by the voters of Los Angeles County in November 2008 provided $240 million match towards the corridor’s total project cost.

In coordination with Metro and the Orange County Transportation Agency (OCTA), the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), the Metropolitan Planning Organization for the region, is conducting an Alternatives Analysis (AA) study to examine the range of potential transit service opportunities that could be implemented along the corridor to reduce congestion on nearby streets and freeways, and provide adjacent communities with access to the regional transit network.  While focusing on the former PEROW, the study is evaluating possible connections 12 miles north to Union Station, and 2 miles south to the City of Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center (SARTC) for a total of 34 miles. 

Potential project alternatives under evaluation in the AA include two Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) options, four Light Rail Transit (LRT), Street Car, and Low Speed Magnetic Levitation (Maglev) options along with “No-Build” and Transportation Systems Management (TSM) improvements.

For more information about the AA study, please contact Philip Law, SCAG Project Manager at 213.236.1841 or law@scag.ca.gov.


There are no West Santa Ana Transit Corridor meetings scheduled at this time. Please check back for updates.


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