Metro is evaluating a new light rail transit line that would connect downtown Los Angeles to southeast LA County, serving the cities and communities of downtown Los Angeles, unincorporated Florence-Graham community of LA County, Vernon, Huntington Park, Bell, Cudahy, South Gate, Downey, Paramount, Bellflower, Cerritos and Artesia. The West Santa Ana Branch (WSAB) Transit Corridor Project is a 19-mile corridor that is undergoing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)/Environmental Impact Report (EIR) process to prepare the corridor for light rail use. The project’s name originates from the southern portion of the route south of the Metro Green Line that follows the old Pacific Electric 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 the resident population increasing to 1.5 million and jobs increasing to 670,000 by 2040. Population and employment densities are five times higher than the LA 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, Metro Blue Line and the LA County regional transit network. Per the Measure M Expenditure Plan, the project is anticipated to break ground in 2022.
The main goals of the WSAB project are to:
- Provide Mobility Improvements
- Support Local and Regional Land Use Plans and Policies
- Minimize Environmental Impacts
- Ensure Cost Effectiveness and Financial Feasibility
- Promote Equity
In March 2018, the Metro Board authorized further study of an additional four Northern Alignment options in response to comments received during the scoping period and ongoing technical analysis. These new options were presented to the community for input during the Winter/Spring 2018 Community Update Meetings. On May 24, 2018, the Metro Board selected two Northern Alignment options -- Option E (Alameda Underground) and Option G (Downtown Transit Core) -- to be carried into the Draft EIS/EIR for further study. As a result of the new Northern Alignment options, Updated Scoping Meetings were held in July 2018. All comments submitted during that time will become part of the official record and will be analyzed and addressed as part of the environmental review process.
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 project, please use our comment form .