An Update on the West Santa Ana Branch of the Pacific Electric Corridor

A locally preferred alternative for use of the Pacific Electric Corridor, running from the Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center along Santa Ana Blvd and through other Orange County Cities to its terminus in Los Angeles, may be announced by this year’s end. The City of Santa Ana has been pushing for a street car, but given LA Metro’s involvement and interest in the project, a faster light rail option like the Gold or Blue lines running at grade in Los Angeles may become a reality in Santa Ana, although no time soon.

The newest development on this project is the extension of the LA County terminus from the City of Paramount to Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles. This almost certainly will be another light rail.

The City of Santa Ana informs the following:

PLEASE JOIN US TO SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS AND IDEAS: Pacific Electric Corridor

SANTA ANA, CA (May 10, 2012) – The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), in coordination with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Orange County Transportation Authority, is completing a study for reuse of the Pacific Electric Right of-Way (PE ROW) and West Santa Ana Branch Corridor with connections north to downtown Los Angeles and south to downtown Santa Ana. Please join us at an open house meeting to learn about the evaluation results for the project alternatives. View displays and a presentation, ask questions, and let us know what you think.

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