The West Santa Ana Branch Transit Corridor (WSAB) project is a new light rail transit (LRT) line that will connect southeast LA County to Downtown Los Angeles. With nine new stations, the 14.5-mile segment will transform the way people move across the Gateway Cities and Southeast Los Angeles, connecting Artesia, Cerritos, Bellflower, Paramount, Downey, South Gate, Cudahy, Bell, Huntington Park, Vernon, unincorporated Florence-Firestone and Downtown LA.
Now, prior to the release of the Final EIS/EIR in summer of 2024, we’re looking for a new name!
Why? While the existing project name carries historical significance –– using the name of the rail corridor previously owned by Pacific Electric, which prior to the early 1960s, ran service from Downtown Los Angeles to the City of Santa Ana in Orange County –– the new line won’t go as far as the City of Santa Ana. Rather, the line will terminate in Artesia. A new name will eliminate this confusion.
Want to learn more? Answers to your questions below!
What are we looking for?
This is your system. That’s why we turning to you, the future riders, to come up with names that reflect your communities and their histories. We’re looking for names that truly reflect the character, culture, experience of the people who live, work, and play in the cities this new line will serve.
How do I enter?
Submit name recommendations through the following channels:
- Visit RenameWSAB.com to submit online.
- Call the project helpline at 213.922.6262 to submit via phone.
What are the rules?
- Participants must be 13 years or older to enter.
- Project name must reflect the communities’ character, culture or the experience of people who live, work and play in the cities this new rail line will serve.
When’s the deadline?
The renaming contest will be open through Friday, September 29, 2023. Even better, all participants will be entered for a raffle for a chance to win a $100 gift card as a token of appreciation for their contributions.
Tell me more about the process!
After September 29, a panel of local judges will shortlist the top five names, which will then be showcased in a public voting campaign slated for November. The raffle winner will be announced in early October.
The name with the most votes will be selected and announced in January 2024. Once approved, the new name will remain in place throughout the construction phase. Upon completion of construction, the rail line will receive a newly designated line letter and line color as the project prepares for revenue service.
Please share information about the contest with family and friends –– we’re excited to see what you come up with! More details about the project are available here.
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