Metro Board to select route and terminus for Southeast LA County streetcar line

The subway board is considering approving Alternative 3 as the initial route for the project and making Union Station the eventual terminus of the light rail line.

Metro is planning a new light rail line that will connect southeast Los Angeles County to downtown Los Angeles, known as the West Santa Ana Transit Corridor. The subway board is to select a route for the initial segment this month — between the town of Artesia and Line A’s Slauson station — and consider Union Station LA as the eventual terminus of the rail line.

The Metro staff report is here.

The initial segment would include nine WSAB stations and a new C Line (green) station on I-105 where passengers can transfer to and from the C (green) line. Passengers will be able to change to line A (blue) – which passengers can take to and from the city centre. LA Metro staff also recommend further study of the Slauson-Union Station segment to identify and refine a route that is cost-effective to help expedite project delivery.

The draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (Draft EIS/EIR) for the project was published in July 2021; the report is here. Over 450 public comments were made during the 60-day comment period – when public hearings and community meetings were held.

The council will examine this item first in the planning and programming committee of the metro council on January 19 at 10:30 a.m., then during the plenary meeting of the council at 10 a.m. on January 27.

All Board meetings are broadcast live; Metro encourages the public to access meetings online or by phone. A link to the planning committee appear here shortly before the start of the meeting and the link for the full Council meeting will be there shortly before the start of the meeting.

To support communities that may have limited internet capabilities or technology, visit one of the locations listed below to watch a live stream of the Meeting of the board of directors of the metro on January 27. Safety protocols for COVID-19 will be implemented at all viewing sites. The live viewing sites will end once the Metro Board takes action on the WSAB project. Events are subject to change and/or cancellation depending on the evolution of security rules related to COVID-19.

To join the meetings, please use the information below:

Metro Planning and Programming Committee Meeting – Wednesday, January 19, 2022, 10:30 a.m.

Metro Board Meeting – Thursday, January 27, 2022, 10 a.m.

Instructions for live public comments

  • Live public comments can only be given over the phone. You can join the call 5 minutes before the start of the meeting.
  • Public comments will be taken as the Board addresses each item.
  • Dial: 888-251-2949 and enter the access code.
    • English access code: 8231160#
    • Spanish access code: 4544724#
  • Enter #2 (book-two) when prompted. Each speaker has one minute to speak.

Metro Board Meeting (January 27) in person

Artesia – Albert O. Little Community Center, 18750 Clarkdale Ave, Artesia, CA 90701

Cerritos – Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 18000 Park Plaza Dr, Cerritos, CA 90703

south gate – Town Hall, Council Chamber, 8650 California Av, South Gate, CA 90280

Huntington Park – Town hall, 6550 Miles Ave, Huntington Park, CA 90255

Downtown LA – St Francis Xavier Church, 222 S Hewitt St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Visit MetroWSAB.com to learn more about the project.

Categories: Projects

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