Thursday May 24, 2018
The southern part of the route between Artesia and the southern part of downtown L.A. has been determined. The two northern routes are:
- Concept E: to Union Station via running underground along Alameda Street.
- Concept G: a rail line that would run under Alameda Street from the south to 7th Street and then run to the downtown core in an underground configuration.
The options will be studied as part of the project’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Report. At a later date, the Metro Board will designate a route for the project as the “Locally Preferred Alternative.”
“This is an important Measure M funded project that will connect communities in Southeastern Los Angeles County to downtown Los Angeles and the growing Metro Rail system,” said Metro CEO Phillip A. Washington. “Choosing these options for more study is a big step in keeping the project on track.”
The Measure M spending plan proposed building the project in two phases - the first opening as early as 2028 and the second phase by 2041. Metro’s Office of Extraordinary Innovation is working to potentially accelerate building the entire project in one phase with a project delivery strategy from the private sector.
For more information on the West Santa Ana Branch Project, visit metro.net/wsab. More community meetings to provide project updates are planned for this summer.
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is unique among the nation’s transportation agencies. Created in 1993, Metro is a multimodal transportation agency that transports about 1.3 million passengers daily on a fleet of 2,200 clean air buses and six rail lines. The agency also oversees bus, rail, highway and other mobility-related building projects and leads transportation planning and programming for Los Angeles County.
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