The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) will host four community meetings between June 5 and June 15 to discuss the West Santa Ana Branch Transit Corridor project’s Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA), a planned 14.8-mile rail segment from Slauson /A Line (Blue) to Pioneer Station in the cities of Los Angeles, Vernon, Huntington Park, Bell, Cudahy, South Gate, Downey, Paramount, Bellflower and Artesia.
Community meetings will provide an opportunity for residents and other stakeholders to learn about the project’s LPA, which is the alignment selected by the Metro Board to meet the needs of the corridor. Participants will receive additional project updates, engage in discussions and provide feedback to the Metro project team. The project’s Slauson/A Line (Blue) to Pioneer Station segment was advanced for further analysis as part of Metro’s Final Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR).
Overall, the project is a new 19-mile light rail line that will provide greater transit connectivity from Los Angeles Union Station to the Southeastern Los Angeles County communities of Artesia, Cerritos, Bellflower, Paramount, Downey, South Gate, Cudahy, Bell, Huntington Park, Vernon and other unincorporated communities. The project seeks to address the limited mobility and transit options currently available in Southeast Los Angeles County. Eventually, the new line will connect to the Metro C Line (Green), Metro A Line (Blue), and the larger regional transit network in L.A. County.
The public meetings will be held on the following dates and times:
- Monday, June 5: 6 to 8 p.m. at Paramount’s Progress Park, 15500 Downey Ave., Paramount, CA 90723
- Monday, June 12: 6 to 8 p.m. at Bell Community Center, 6250 Pine Ave., Bell, CA 90201
- Wednesday, June 14: 6 to 7 p.m., Virtual Meeting, Meeting ID: 898 8735 7114, Call-in: (669) 900-6833, Zoom meeting link: https://rb.gy/fiigq
- Thursday, June 15: 6 to 8 p.m. at Artesia’s Albert O. Little Community Center, 18750 Clarkdale Ave., Artesia, CA 90701
Simultaneous Spanish translation and interpretation services will be available at each community open house.
For those that cannot attend the virtual meetings, a video recording of the presentations will be posted on the project website.
The project’s Final EIR is expected to be submitted for Metro Board certification in spring 2024. The Federal Transit Administration is also anticipated to issue a Record of Decision (ROD) for the Final EIR/EIS in that timeframe as well. The ROD authorizes Metro to proceed with design, land acquisition and construction based on the availability of funds.
The project’s groundbreaking is anticipated in 2025. The new line is expected to open to the public in 2035. In parallel with its selection of the project’s LPA, Metro will also develop First/Last Mile plans for the proposed stations. First/Last Mile plans help to improve access to public transportation by addressing the first and last mile of the commute.
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is building the most ambitious transportation infrastructure program in the United States and is working to greatly improve mobility through its Vision 2028 Plan. Metro is the lead transportation planning and funding agency for L.A. County and carries about 880,000 boardings daily on a fleet of 2,200 low-emission buses and seven rail lines.
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