The West Santa Ana Branch Transit Corridor (WSAB) project is a 19-mile corridor that Metro is evaluating for a new light rail transit line that would connect southeast LA County to downtown Los Angeles.
Location: Central Los Angeles, Gateway Cities
Phase: Environmental Review
Type: Better Transit
Forecasted Opening: 2041
Metro’s plan for better transit includes a new light rail transit (LRT) line to southeast LA County. This project would connect Artesia, Cerritos, Bellflower, Paramount, Downey, South Gate, Cudahy, Bell, Huntington Park, Vernon, unincorporated Florence-Firestone and downtown Los Angeles. Connecting this area to Metro’s rail network will provide alternatives to driving and create more access to opportunity.
The Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (Draft EIS/EIR) was released in July 2021 and evaluated the project alternatives, including any environmental consequences, and avoidance, minimization and/or mitigation measures. Over 450 comments were received.
The Metro Board will be approving the project terminus and selecting a Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) during the board meeting on January 27, 2022, at 10am. This matter will also be considered by the Metro Planning and Programming Committee at its scheduled meeting on January 19, 2022. The agenda and staff report for the Metro Board meeting can be accessed here and the virtual meeting can be viewed here. Key stakeholders will be live streaming the Metro Board meeting on January 17, starting at 10am. Visit this link for complete details.
This project is slated to open for service in 2041; however, it is included in a list of projects with the potential to be accelerated.