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File #: 2017-0152   
Type: Project Status: Passed
File created: 3/3/2017 In control: Planning and Programming Committee
On agenda: 4/19/2017 Final action: 4/27/2017
Title: AUTHORIZE the Chief Executive Officer to: A. APPROVE Project Definition for Environmental Scoping including four Northern Alignment Options; and B. RECEIVE AND FILE the West Santa Ana Branch (WSAB) Transit Corridor Northern Alignment Options Screening Report.
Sponsors: Planning and Programming Committee
Indexes: Alignment, Alternatives analysis, Artesia, Blue Line Improvement, Board approved a Motion, Budgeting, California Environmental Quality Act, Cerritos, Environmental Impact Report, Environmental impact statements, Federal Transit Administration, Gateway Cities (Southeast LA County) Service Sector, Huntington Park, I-105, Light rail transit, Link Union Station, Los Angeles River, Los Angeles Union Station, Maps, Metro Blue Line, Metro Green Line, Metro Rail A Line, Metrolink Orange County Line, National Environmental Policy Act Of 1969, Notice Of Preparation, Outreach, Port of Los Angeles, Project, Southern California Association Of Governments, Traffic Reduction Study, Transit Radio System, Union Station Master Plan, West Santa Ana Branch Corridor - Administration (Project), West Santa Ana Branch Transit Corridor, West Santa Ana Branch Transit Corridor (WSAB) Project
Attachments: 1. Attachment A - WSAB Northern Alignment Options Screening Report Executive Summary, 2. Attachment B - WSAB Project Definitions Map, 3. P&P Presentation Item 23
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PLANNING AND PROGRAMMING COMMITTEE
APRIL 19, 2017

Subject/Action
SUBJECT: WEST SANTA ANA BRANCH TRANSIT CORRIDOR

ACTION: INITIATE DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL PROCESS

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RECOMMENDATION

Title
AUTHORIZE the Chief Executive Officer to:

A. APPROVE Project Definition for Environmental Scoping including four Northern Alignment Options; and

B. RECEIVE AND FILE the West Santa Ana Branch (WSAB) Transit Corridor Northern Alignment Options Screening Report.

Issue
ISSUE

In February 2013, the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) approved the WSAB Alternative Analysis (AA) Study for the 34-mile corridor from the Los Angeles Union Station (LAUS) to the City of Santa Ana in Orange County. The Los Angeles County portion of the corridor extends 20 miles from the LAUS to the City of Artesia. The AA Study recommended Light Rail Transit (LRT) alignment as the preferred transit mode. The AA Study also recommended two northern alignment alternatives for further consideration: 1) West Bank 3 along the west bank of the Los Angeles (LA) River, and 2) East Bank along east bank of the LA River.

Based upon the West Bank 3 alternative, four new northern alignment options were identified as part of the Technical Refinement Study (TRS) that was completed and received by the Metro Board in September 2015. Prior to initiation of the Environmental Scoping, a screening evaluation was conducted to further refine the recommendations from the TRS and recommended four highest performing northern alignment options be carried into Environmental Scoping. Subsequently, the Northern Alignment Options Screening Report has been finalized. Attachment A contains the Executive Summary. The full report can be accessed at www.metro.net/wsab.

In addition to the four northern alignment options, the TRS also focused on the following key challenges identified by the SCAG AA Study: 1) Southern Terminus, 2) New Green Line Station; 3) Huntington Park Alignment & St...

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