With the draft environmental report set to begin for an Arts District/6th Street Station for the B and D Lines (Red and Purple), Metro is holding two virtual scoping meetings in April.
Metro is also issuing the formal legal notice today (March 29) that it’s launching the draft environmental report (DEIR). Metro still needs to secure funding to build a station but the city of Los Angeles agreed to fund the legally-required DEIR. So this is a positive step forward.
Those with long memories may recall that many residents and stakeholders in the Arts District have pushed for a station adjacent to the street level rail yard that serves the subway. The Arts District has grown considerably in recent years with many new residences and businesses — and a station would make getting to the subway a lot easier. Otherwise, the closest direct subway access to the Arts District is either at Union Station or Pershing Square.
The proposed project would be generally bounded to the north by the 6th Street Bridge, to the south by 7th Street, to the east by the Los Angeles River, and to the west by Mesquit Street.
With the proposed station nearly surrounded by active rail tracks, one big issue to be resolved is how to get people to and from the station. At this time, it’s anticipated that access will be from the north side and the study will explore providing access to the station from Mesquit and Santa Fe Avenue, the city of L.A.’s future 6th Street park and the future Metro’s L.A. River Path Project. There may also be an opportunity to coordinate secondary access and/or emergency access with adjacent developments.
As part of a separate project, Metro is currently expanding the rail yard and entrance to the subway tunnel’s portal to/from Union Station — which will allow Metro to run more frequent trains on the subway.
Here are the dates and times for the virtual meetings:
Virtual Scoping Meeting #1
Wednesday, April 14, 2021 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Phone: 213 338 8477
Webinar ID: 979 0722 3534
Virtual Scoping Meeting #2
Saturday, April 17, 2021 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Phone: 213 338 8477
Webinar ID: 973 3346 6750
Spanish and Japanese interpretation, including closed captioning, will be available during the virtual scoping meetings. All Metro meetings support needs associated with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA). Other ADA accommodations and translations are available by calling (213) 418-3423 or California Relay Service at 711 at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting.
A 45-day comment period for this NOP will be accepted beginning on March 29, 2021 through May 12, 2021. Written comments on the scope of the Draft EIR, including the Project area and description, the impacts to be evaluated, and the methodologies to be used in the evaluation, will be accepted during the comment period and should be received by 11:59 pm PST on May 12, 2021 at the postal address or e-mail address below.
Written or electronic (e-mail) comments may be sent to Brian Lam, Metro, One Gateway Plaza, Mail Stop 99-22-7, Los Angeles, CA 90012, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or via an online comment form at metro.net/artsdist6thstation.net.
For more information, please visit metro.net/artsdist6thstation