The passage of Measure M last year helped provide needed funding for an important Metro project: a light rail line between Artesia and Union Station that would serve several other cities and communities in the southeast part of L.A. County, known as the West Santa Ana Branch Transit Corridor.
Some early planning studies have already been done. Now Metro is kicking off the more comprehensive and thorough Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR), which will analyze key topics related to the project alternatives.
As part of that process, Metro is holding four community meetings this month to go over the project alternatives and receive and document public input as part of the environmental document. An extended public scoping comment period is open from June 6 through August 4.
Meeting times and dates are below. Please note that the meeting on Tuesday, June 20, will be live webcast. Even if you can’t watch it live, there will be a version available for later viewing on metro.net. There is also a lot more information about on the project website, including how to submit a comment.
Under the Measure M expenditure plan, the project is expected to begin construction as early as 2022. Metro is also exploring public-private partnerships to accelerate construction of the project. Also, here is a report from this April on the alternatives for the northern part of the project.