The Alternatives Analysis for the downtown Los Angeles streetcar project was released back in January, with the above route chosen as the “locally preferred alternative (LPA).” The study is going to the Metro Board as a “receive-and-file” item this month — meaning that no action is required — and I thought this would be a good time to post it here.
Metro is preparing the environmental studies for the streetcar on behalf of the city of Los Angeles. The above route — one of seven finalists considered — carries an estimated cost of about $106.7 million. The studies are a necessary precursor to getting funding. Among the likely sources will be a variety of federal funds and, in all likelihood, some private money.
Both the Los Angeles City Council and the CRA (at its last meeting) have already concurred with the LPA. The next step is a more detailed “environmental assessment” study.
The LPA includes a variation in which the line would be moved from 7th to 9th street if the city of Los Angeles determines there isn’t room for a streetcar on 7th. This particular alignment would also intersect the Metro Red/Purple Line subway and the future Regional Connector, as well as many bus lines.
Metro chose this route for several reasons, including high ridership, cost, community support. The route also was determined to have the best chance of generating revenue through a property assessment, a potential funding source — if agreed to by property owners.
The Executive Summary from the Alternatives Analysis is below. The report includes others routes that were studied. The report will be reviewed by the Metro Board of Directors at this month’s meetings, but this is just a “receive and file” review — no action is required by the Board.