Metro is assisting the City of Los Angeles on the Restoration of the Historic Streetcar Service in Downtown Los Angeles (Downtown LA Streetcar). Metro began work in 2011 in partnership with the former Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles (CRA/LA), the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) and the Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering .
The Downtown LA Streetcar aims to connect and support the revitalization of Downtown LA districts and its historic core, and will function as an access point allowing patrons to make easier connections to the existing regional network. This includes numerous local and regional bus lines, Metro Rail stations and the planned Regional Connector.
In partnership with CRA/LA and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Metro assisted in the preparation of the Alternatives Analysis (AA). The AA was completed in early 2012 and a locally preferred alternative (LPA) was designated by then CRA Board of Directors and Los Angeles City Council in January 2012.
In January 2013, a Notice of Preparation (NOP) for the Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Assessment (EIR/EA) was issued and Metro is currently assisting the City with the preparation of the environmental document and application for a federal grant.