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 initiated environmental studies for the WSAB Transit Corridor Project and conducted Public Scoping in summer 2017. The purpose of Public Scoping was to receive input on the proposed alternatives, which is an important step in the preparation of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR) in accordance with federal and state requirements. Public Scoping meetings were held in June 2017 in the communities of Bellflower, South Gate, Downtown LA/Little Tokyo and Huntington Park. A webcast of the meeting in South Gate was streamed live and a recording of that is available here. Meeting materials were provided in English, Spanish, and Japanese and are available 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 receive project updates and future opportunities to participate, please share your contact information using any of the project communication tools under the “Contact Us” section.