We asked; You voted! Introducing the Southeast Gateway Line, our new name for the West Santa Ana Branch (WSAB) Corridor Project

Last August, in partnership with LA County Supervisor and First Vice Chair of the Metro Board Janice Hahn, we launched a contest to re-name a 14.5-mile light rail project that will run between Vernon and Artesia and connect southeast Los Angeles County. (The former name, the West Santa Ana Branch Corridor Project, named after a former Pacific Electric right-of-way, was causing confusion, as the light rail line will not extend all the way to Santa Ana.)  

We were thrilled by the response –– we received over 1,200 name suggestions! In November, we came up with a shortlist of 12 names, and asked you to vote for your favorite.   

Well, the votes are in, over 1000 of them. At a livestreamed event this morning, Supervisor Hahn announced the winning name: the Southeast Gateway Line. 

This name was submitted by multiple people and garnered over 4500 votes. We can only speculate why it resonated so much, but we suspect that the access and opportunities that the light rail line will bring to the 1.4 million+ people who inhabit the Gateway communities (South Gate, Huntington Park, Bellflower, Paramount, and many more) has a lot to do with it.  

In addition to Supervisor Hahn, the ceremony was attended by several community leaders and members of the Metro Board of Directors, including Dan Koops, Mayor of Bellflower, Keynote Speaker Congressmember Robert Garcia, City of Whittier Mayor Pro Temp and Metro Board Second Vice Chair Fernando Dutra, Metro Board Member Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker, and City of Inglewood Mayor and Metro Board Member James Butts.  

This name will define the project until it opens to the public, which is anticipated to happen in 2035. At that time, it will get an official line letter and color.  

15 replies

  1. Money wasted on what will be a slow, isolated line (ESFV), should have been used to jump start SE Gateway

    • Capture these corrupted la metro officials immediately to jail! Let them sit in the jail till 2035!

  2. I know this is totally unrelated (but there have been so few Source articles to comment on as of late) but why does the Hollywood/Highland station look so gross? It’s presumably one of the busier stations on the line, (especially for tourists) and yet the walls are *all* covered with what looks like brown, grimey oil slicks. It looks like you’re in someone’s garage.

  3. I can’t believe that this project is expected to be completed in 2035… This project has been in planning stages for years. It was added to the list of 28 transit projects to be completed in time for the 2028 Olympics in 2017. We are at such a pivotal time to transition toward a more sustainable future and our leadership is failing us. Our president signed into law a supposedly transformative infrastructure bill more than 2 years ago, yet here we are: projects that were in planning 7 years ago are still unfunded. Politicians measure success on climate action in dollar amounts spent, which is not the same as carbon emissions reduced. Not sure where those mountains of money went but if fascism takes hold in our country it will be because no one wants to defend the cleptocracy/ oligarchy. It is no longer democracy that the center left is defending.

  4. Metro bureaucrats and elected officials making a huge media fuss over something that will do nothing to improve this project in any way. How is Metro not embarrassed hosting these media events for a “renaming” of something that doesn’t have a single dollar of federal or state funding for actual construction.

  5. Who knew I lived in a “gateway city”?!? This useless government speak doesn’t mean anything to us residents. What exactly is a gateway city? Gateway because we’re closer to the OC border? Wouldn’t that make San Gabriel Valley cities “gateway cities” as well, not to mention the west Valley cities being the “gateway” from Ventura County. No one who lives and works in these supposed “gateway cities” ever refers to them as that. But thank you, Metro bureaucrats, for telling us where we live and giving us a cutesy name so this project can sound better.

  6. Great name “The Southeast Gateway”. Now get the rail line construction started and get it done and operational NOW. 1/23/2024

  7. How much did this renaming contest process cost taxpayers? Metro has adopted letters for naming of the rail lines, so this will be useless on opening day. Why are we paying for useless contests like this instead of focusing on improving the projects themselves? This was a feel good contest for certain board members, at the expense of taxpayer funds that could otherwise be spent on something tangible riders can benefit from.

    • The renaming is to help the project win funding from the state and feds.

      The original name was believed to have confused people as to what was being funded.

      • How is a renaming going to “win funding” from the state and feds? A good project will stand on its own merits regardless of name, and will get the appropriate funding allocations from the state and federal governments. Based on how beneficial the project is, not its name. If a name is what makes or break a project, should all projects go through this exercise to come up with a better name so they can get funding too?

        • When even the Mayor of LA (who is also on the Metro Board if I’m not mistaking) got confused at the name thinking it was an Orange County project, you think the other bingo players at Capitol Hill would have known the difference?

          “Oh you shouldn’t insult our aging politicians” – Yes, I will, because even the Mayor of LA just proved my point that she didn’t know why the Line was called “Santa Ana Corridor.” If the Mayor of LA isn’t even aware of at least some of the Pacific Electric rail lines or even bothered looking into why this line was given such a name, am I really supposed to be giving hope to these people.

        • I don’t necessarily agree the renaming was necessary but it was believed that the this project was overlooked for funding because politicians thought the project was located in the LA “Westside” or Santa Ana.

          At the end of the politicians are involved with funding decisions so you probably need to make names accessible to them.