The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority (Metro) soon will conduct environmental studies to select its preferred northern alternative route for the proposed West Santa Ana Branch (WSAB) rail line. The Project’s name originates from an old streetcar alignment known as the West Santa Ana Branch Corridor.
The new 20-mile light rail transit line will originate in Artesia in southeast Los Angeles County along surface right-of-way into downtown. The project is expected to provide a direct connection to the Metro Green Line and the L A County regional transit network. Per the Measure M Expenditure Plan, the line could break ground in 2022.
The need for this line rests on it being a high-demand travel corridor but with limited public transit options. The project area has 1.2 million residents and 584,000 employees, projected to reach 1.5 million residents and 670,000 employees by 2040.
At this point Metro is considering north/south alignments along Alameda Street or along the Los Angeles River both in the eastern region of downtown, as well as an alternative that veers west, as shown in green as “G” on the map. The eastern area of DTLA lacks both rail and bus transit as well as regional connectivity.
These proposals were presented at the Central City Association Transportation Committee meeting on April 12.
To write or for more information contact Metro Project Manager Teresa Wong, 213.922.6262, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.