The new route options will be further refined in the next few months, identifying the alignment and station locations.
A key Measure R and Measure M project is a new light rail line that would run between Artesia and downtown Los Angeles. It’s known as the West Santa Ana Branch Transit Corridor, since some of the line would follow an old streetcar route that used to connect to Santa Ana.
The Metro Board of Directors this month will consider expanding the study area to include two options that would terminate in the downtown Los Angeles core and another that would end at an Arts District station and provide for a transfer to the Red/Purple Line subway.
Why the change? Feedback from the public and stakeholders. There were concerns raised about both construction and visual impacts with the original four routes, especially in the Little Tokyo area. See the staff report.
The Metro Board of Directors will consider adding the new routes for more technical analyses at their March 1 meeting. Metro staff will return to the Board with an updated report on the different northern routes and recommendations on which ones should be carried forward into the project’s draft environmental impact statement/report.
What do you think, Source readers? Pretty interesting stuff, as the new routes could deliver riders directly into the heart of downtown L.A. and connect the DTLA core to the emerging Arts and Industrial districts.