The Board of Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transport Authority (Metro) approved the further study of two potential northern light rail routes for the West Santa Ana Branch transit corridor. The project envisages the construction of a 32-km LRT line between downtown Los Angeles and Artesia, a city in southeast Los Angeles County.
Within the project, the southern part of the route between Artesia and the southern part of downtown LA has been determined.
For the northern section, two routes were selected, one of them following the alignment from Union Station via running underground along Alameda Street and the second one will would run under Alameda Street from the south to 7th Street and then run to the downtown core in an underground configuration.
The options will be studied as part of the project’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Report. At a later date, the Metro Board will designate a route for the project as the “Locally Preferred Alternative.”
“This is an important Measure M funded project that will connect communities in Southeastern Los Angeles County to downtown Los Angeles and the growing Metro Rail system. Choosing these options for more study is a big step in keeping the project on track,” Metro CEO Phillip Washington said.
The Measure M spending plan proposed building the project in two phases – the first opening as early as 2028 and the second phase by 2041. Metro’s Office of Extraordinary Innovation is working to potentially accelerate building the entire project in one phase with a project delivery strategy from the private sector.