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Long Beach Post lbpost.com 12 Jan, 2022 19:45 am

Officials want sped-up timeline for rail line that would connect Artesia to Downtown LA • Long Beach Post News

Officials want sped-up timeline for rail line that would connect Artesia to Downtown LA • Long Beach Post News

The West Santa Ana Branch Transit Corridor is a proposed 19-mile LA Metro line that was supposed to run from Artesia through cities like Bellflower, South Gate and Huntington Park before ending at Union Station.“I’m going to be in the West Santa Ana Branch in the sky by 2053,” Hahn said.In 2015 dollars, it projected that building the Santa Ana Branch to connect with the C Line (Green) would have cost $1 billion, and connecting that section to Downtown would cost another $3 billion.Metro staff is proposing a shorter version of the project that would end at the Slauson Station where riders of the Santa Ana Branch would have to transfer onto the A Line (Blue) to continue to Union Station.

In addition to local tax measures, Metro is looking at the potential of levying additional taxes and or financing debt based on the new assessed value of the surrounding properties adjacent to the West Santa Ana Branch line that could produce billions for the project.The joint-powers authority was formed to create a transit option for southeast Los Angeles County and has representatives from many of the cities that the West Santa Ana Branch would service.

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