The West Santa Ana Branch (WSAB) Transit Corridor Project is a new 20-mile light rail transit line that would connect downtown Los Angeles to southeast LA County, serving the cities and communities of Arts District, Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, unincorporated Florence-Graham community of LA County, Vernon, Huntington Park, Bell, Cudahy, South Gate, Downey, Paramount, Bellflower, Cerritos and Artesia. The Project’s name originates from the southern portion of the route south of the Metro Green Line that followed an old streetcar alignment known as the West Santa Ana Branch Corridor.
The project area is home to 1.2 million residents and a job center to approximately 584,000 employees. Projections show an increase in the resident population to 1.5 million and jobs to 670,000 by 2040. Population and employment densities are five times higher than the Los Angeles County average. This rail corridor is anticipated to serve commuters in a high travel demand corridor by providing relief to the constrained transportation systems currently available to these communities. In addition, the project is expected to provide a direct connection to the Metro Green Line and the Los Angeles County regional transit network. Per the Measure M Expenditure Plan, the Project is anticipated to break ground in 2022.
Metro formally initiated the Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR) phase in summer 2017. In response to comments received during the scoping period and ongoing technical analysis, Metro has been studying new potential alignments in addition to the original four Northern Alignment Options. New Northern Alignment Concepts will be evaluated as part of an updated Screening Report that will be presented to the Metro Board in May 2018. As part of this process, Metro conducted Community Update Meetings in March along the entire corridor to update communities and the general public on the new Northern Alignment Concepts and gather their feedback. An additional two Community Update Meetings will be held in late April/early May and will provide additional opportunities to learn more about the project and provide feedback. Information on the Community Update Meetings can be found here.
Public involvement is of vital importance for all communities involved. Therefore, community outreach will continue throughout the environmental process to educate, inform and gather input from stakeholders. To submit your feedback on the new Northern Alignment Concepts, please use our comment form .