Three more community meetings to discuss new northern route options for Artesia to DTLA rail project

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Metro is hosting three more community meetings to discuss the new northern alignment options (above) under study for the West Santa Ana Branch Transit Corridor, a new light rail line to be built between Artesia and downtown Los Angeles. 

These are follow-up meetings to the ones held in March along the corridor. Metro will provide the latest staff updates and ask the community for their feedback on the northern alignment options. 

Meeting dates and times are: 

Downtown Los Angeles
Monday, April 30
3-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.
Metro Headquarters, 
3rd Floor, Board Room
One Gateway Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Thursday, May 3, 2018
6-8 p.m.
Progress Park-West Community Center
15500 Downey Ave.
Paramount, CA 90723

Metro formally initiated the environmental studies through the public scoping meetings held in summer 2017. Based on the feedback received through the public scoping period and ongoing technical analysis, Metro is studying new northern alignment options in addition to the original four northern options.  The Metro Board is scheduled in May to decide which of these options will be carried forward for further analysis in the project’s draft environmental document.

The West Santa Ana Branch will serve the cities and communities of downtown Los Angeles, the unincorporated Florence-Graham community, Vernon, Huntington Park, Bell, Cudahy, South Gate, Downey, Paramount, Bellflower, Cerritos and Artesia. For more information, please visit the project website at

10 replies

  1. The small section of proposed at-grade running between Washington and Arts District South station should be configured to avoid any street-running by shifting the tunnel entrance south of 9th street (Olympic) to the curved section so that the transition doesn’t have to be along Alameda. This would only require less than 1000 more feet of tunnel than the current proposal which should be trivial cost wise relative to the whole project.

  2. Hey Metro please consider grade separation for the junction of both Blue/ Expo line between 11th street to Washington Blvd First before adding the Santa Ana Line. The existing blue line needs major improvements to increase capacity and reliability services. It takes too long for train to move in and out and causes train traffic through the area, particularly during peak hours. It would only get worse once the regional transit project completes in a few years later.

  3. When is the third meeting? You have two listed: Metro HQ and Paramount. Thanks!

  4. Please reduce the frequency of on train announcements. The ride is stressfull eniugh without hearing constant “thanks for going metro… Tap your card… Don’t rape anyone… Don’t hold doors…” Above the volume of the music in my headphones. Also, please lower the volume on the speakers, hurts the ears.

    • The older folks with bad hearing need to be able to hear the “Next stop Willoughby” announcements over the noise of a crowded car on a noisy stretch of the line. And others -need- to hear it over their headphones. So, you probably won’t see any change in that. If the other announcements can be paired or triggered wisely, they can reduce the number of interruptions.

      • “And others -need- to hear it over their headphones.”

        No we don’t. There’s a reason why some of us use Noise Cancellation headphones on those noise polluted trains. But as a result, no complaints here with the high volume announcements.

        However, for those that apparently do need the announcements, trust them at your own risk, because just like the screens, those auto-announcements can be WAY off.

        Example: Westbound Expo Train approaching Expo/La Cienega. Auto-announcements however “Next Stop, Culver City station” or “Next Stop, Expo/Sepulveda Station” yeah, those can be that off-sync.

        • Great points, Dave! I’m a daily rider of Expo and I’ve learned not to trust any information about next train arrivals. The message boards are useless, and the cell phone apps don’t even have the correct information.
          Steve: Can you do some research and write an article about what Metro is doing (if anything) to improve communications? I’m a big fan of Metro Rail but this issue (poor communication) is my biggest complaint about the system. From the looks of the responses it looks like I’m not alone in my concerns.

    • While I agree with some of your comment, the part about the frequency of the announcements, I DO NOT AGREE about lowering the volume of the announcements. As a hearing impared/visually impared person, many times I am unable to hear the announcements due to other boisterous activity. Many of the older rail cars have either incorrect or nonauditable announcements. The electronic signs, at the end of the cars, are of no help if you are unable to read them. Be considerate of others, don’t ask for the volume to be lowered. It is good, most of the time, just where it is.

      • I don’t mean to be disrespectful, but i don’t wish to be hearing impaired myself. They are really loud.