The $45 Billion Los Angeles County Rail System Proposal

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What do you guys think of this? We all hate LA traffic and something like this could really help ease that up A LOT.


Here are the alignments:

BLUE LINE
Miles of Track: 33.5 (4.7 miles of new track)
Stations: 36 (5 new stations)
Junctions: Gold, Aqua, Purple, Silver, Lime, Orange, Green, Bronze, LAXpress & Metrolink (Antelope Valley, Ventura County, San Bernardino, Riverside, 91, Orange County, Foothill, Harbor & 605)
Cost: $1.3 billion (Madrid: $470 - 590 million)
STATION CHANGES TO MAP: Memorial Park > Old Town Pasadena; Mission > South Pasadena; Heritage Square > Heritage Square/Arroyo; Lincoln/Cypress > Lincoln Heights/Cypress Park; Del Amo/Santa Fe > Rancho Dominguez

There are three improvements for the light rail line:

1) The Downtown Regional Connector:
A subway linking the 7th Street Metro station to the Little Tokyo station, by heading north under Flower to 1st Street. East under 1st to Alameda.
(This project was studied in the past as part of the Pasadena Blue line, and a more current Major Investment Study has been funded.)

2) Alameda Tunnel
North under Alameda from 1st St to a new trenched Chinatown Station at College St.
(With three different train lines passing through Little Tokyo station it will be necessary to route all rail traffic underground. In the process we can and should eliminate the currently difficult connection between Metro Rail lines at Union Station).

3) South Downtown Subway:
North from the Washington Station (Washington/Long Beach Ave) under Long Beach Ave to 12th Street. West under 12th Street eventually veering to Pico after the South Park Station.
(The Pico subway allows the Blue line to move through Downtown Los Angeles completely underground and directly serve the booming South Park District and Fashion District, which is filled with pedestrian activity. The abandoned Washington Blvd segment would be served by new trolley service that would run from Washington/Long Beach station to the Washington/Flower station. If the Downtown Trolley returns, it should be linked into that system.)


PURPLE LINE (Wilshire/Whittier)
Miles of Track: 36.1 (29.7 miles of new track)
Stations: 40 (33 new stations)
Junctions: Silver, Blue, Aqua, Red, Pink, Bronze, Green, LAXpress & Metrolink (San Bernardino, Riverside, Antelope Valley, Ventura County, 91, Orange County, Harbor & 605)
Cost: $7.0 - 7.2 billion (Madrid: $2.9 - 3.7 billion)

The heavy rail line has three extensions.

1) The Subway to the Sea:
West from its current terminus at Western under Wilshire to Santa Monica Blvd. Southwest under Santa Monica Blvd to Westwood (this diversion serves Century City). North under Westwood to Wilshire. West under Wilshire to the Santa Monica Pier & Promenade station terminus.
(This is Mayor Antonio Villaraigosas pet project. In many ways he waged his mayoral campaign on his ability to lobby the state and Congress to help fund the extension. The MTA recently funded a Major Investment Study for the corridor to update the decades old EIR and the city of Beverly Hills has already filed a study identifying prospective stations for the portion of the line that runs through their city.)

2) Whittier Blvd:
South from its current terminus at Union Station to Olympic mostly at-grade along existing tracks on the western bank of the Los Angeles River and adding an Artist District station. East under the LA River to Olympic/Soto. North under Soto to Whittier. East under Whittier to Atlantic. East above Whittier to the Whittier Quad station around Whittier/Painter.
(This a much-desired extension of current MTA Board Chair Gloria Molina along with East LA and lower San Gabriel Valley leaders. A Major Investment Study is also being conducted on this corridor.)

3) Union Station Bypass:
The Union Station Bypass begins from the Olympic/LA River tunnel west under Olympic/9th Street heading northwest toward 7th Street after Main eventually joining the other Purple Line branch at 7th Street Metro.
(Half or 2/5ths or whatever Metro planners find necessary of Purple line trains would use the Union Station Bypass, which directly connects residents to the Broadway and Fashion District shopping centers.)


RED LINE
Miles of Track: 54.1 (43.1 miles of new track)
Stations: 50 (41 new stations)
Junctions: Bronze, Gold, Pink, Silver, Purple, Aqua, Lime, Orange, Green, LAXpress & Metrolink (Antelope Valley, Ventura County & Harbor)
Cost: $4.9 - 5.6 billion (Madrid: $3.8 - 4.8 billion)
STATION CHANGES TO MAP: MacClay > San Fernando; Laurel Canyon/Roscoe > Canyon Plaza; Laurel Canyon/Victory > Valley Plaza; North Hollywood > NoHo Arts District; Hollywood/Western > East Hollywood; Santa Monica/Vermont > LA City College; Eliminate Lexington

The heavy rail line has three extensions:

1) Vermont Extension with Carson Crescent:
South from Vermont/Wilshire station under Vermont to Gage. South above Vermont to the Artesia Transit Center. East to Avalon elevated along the southern shoulder of the Gardena (91) freeway. Continuing east underground to Rainsbury and south under Rainsbury to the CSUDH/Home Depot Center station. West to Avalon/184th underground. South down Avalon at-grade to Carson St. West above Carson St to the 110 freeway. South down the eastern shoulder of the 110 freeway at-grade to the San Pedro Subdivision ROW just south of near Figueroa/Harry Bridges Blvd. Continuing down the ROW to the Downtown San Pedro terminus at 6th Street.
(A portion of this line from Vermont/Wilshire to the Green Line station is identified in the MTAs 2006 Draft Long Range Transportation Plan as having an extremely high projected ridership, in part because the Vermont bus line is the second most traveled line in the system behind only Wilshire. South of Gage, the wide mostly commercial boulevard provides opportunities to increase its already high density. Use of the Home Depot Center complex in the 2016 Olympics might allow the portion of the line to that station to be constructed with lots of state and federal funding. South of the Home Depot Center service can continue either as a new line with timed-transfers or solely by trains coming from Glendale, or whatever MTA sees appropriate. Attempting to serve the Vermont corridor in Los Angeles with the Harbor Transitway doesnt serve the densest part of the corridor, which is also the densest residential area west of Manhattan.)

2) Sylmar Extension:
The Sylmar extension continues north under Lankershim from the current Lankershim/Chandler terminus to Burbank Blvd. West under Burbank Blvd to the eastern shoulder of the Hollywood Fwy. North above the eastern shoulder of the Hollywood Fwy to Laurel Canyon Blvd. North above Laurel Canyon to a few blocks north of Sheldon. North over the wash or the area to San Fernando Road. Northwest up San Fernando Road at-grade to the Sylmar Metrolink station terminus.
(Mayor Villaraigosa and several Valley leaders have proposed this extension be above Lankershim. I prefer Laurel Canyon because it is a slightly wider street, there are several shopping destinations along the boulevard including a major half-billion dollar renovation of Valley Plaza, there is space for a large park-and-ride at Laurel Canyon/Oxnard, and it is much less industrial.)

3) Glendale Extension:
The Glendale Extension extends north from the Vermont/Sunset station under Vermont to Los Feliz. Northeast under Los Feliz to Brand. North above Brand to the Brand/134 Fwy terminus.
(The city of Glendale recently funded a study for light rail down Brand Blvd.)


GREEN LINE (105/Lincoln)
Miles of Track: 34.4 (17.5 miles of new track)
Stations: 32 (22 new stations)
Junctions: Orange, Lime, Silver, Blue, Red, Pink, Bronze, Aqua, Purple, LAXpress & Metrolink (91, Orange County, Harbor & 605)
Cost: $1.7 - 2.1 billion (Madrid: $1.4 - 1.8 billion)

The light rail line has three extensions and three new stations to the existing tracks:

1) LAX & Lincoln
West from the existing elevated alignment at Nash/Maple above Maple to Sepulveda. North under Sepulveda to Lincoln. Northwest up Lincoln to Manchester at-grade. North above Lincoln to 10 Fwy/Olympic. West above the 10 freeway to the Santa Monica Pier/Promenade station terminus.
(An Environmental Impact Report has already been conducted on this corridor up to Playa Vista. The city of Los Angeles recently funded a study to further explore the possibilities of the beach North-South corridors.)

2) West Santa Ana Branch ROW Cerritos Spur
Ascends southeast from the current Green Line tracks after the 710/105 Fwy interchange crossing over the 105 freeway and then descends to run at-grade down the West Santa Ana Branch ROW to the eastern shoulder of the 605 freeway. South down the eastern shoulder of the 605 freeway to the Los Cerritos Center terminus.
(A masters thesis was submitted that studied the Santa Ana Branch ROW.)

3) Metrolink/Norwalk Transit Center Connection
North from the current Norwalk station terminus under Studebaker. East under Imperial Hwy to the Norwalk Transit Center terminus.
(This connection was in the original Green Line EIR.)

4) Additional Stations
Infill stations at Western (Southwest College), Atlantic and Garfield (Hollydale).


GOLD LINE (Ventura & Sherman Way)
Miles of Track: 57.1 (53.4 miles of new track)
Stations: 47 (43 new stations)
Junctions: Blue, Red, Bronze & Metrolink (Antelope Valley & Ventura County)
Cost: $4.6 - 5.6 billion (Madrid: $4.0 - 5.3 billion)
STATION CHANGES TO MAP: 134 Fwy/Colorado > Rose Bowl/Norton Simon Museum; Sepulveda/Ventura > Sherman Oaks Galleria; Hayvenhurst > Lake Balboa; Add Eagle Rock Mall between Chevy Chase/Verdugo & Eagle Rock/Colorado; Add Stadium spur from Rose Bowl/Norton Simon Museum

The light rail line would extend west. Ascending from the Old Town Pasadena station west down Walnut to an elevated line over the 134 freeway. West above the 134 Fwy to Figueroa Street/Colorado. West above Colorado Blvd to Broadway. West above Broadway to the southern shoulder of the 134 freeway. West above the 134 freeway to the Valley Subdivision/Metrolink ROW on San Fernando Road. Northwest up the ROW at-grade to Olive Street.
(The Stadium spur is a city-financed high-occupancy tram system operating down North Arroyo Blvd between the stadium and the Rose Bowl/Norton Simon Museum station on game days.)

It then would branch in two:

A) Ventura Blvd/Studios Spur
Southwest under Olive to North Pass Ave. Southwest under Universal Studios to Ventura/Lankershim. West above Ventura to Reseda Blvd. North above Reseda to the southern shoulder of the Ventura (101) Freeway to run at-grade to Canoga Ave. North up Canoga Ave at-grade to the Burbank Branch/San Fernando Valley Busway ROW near Vanowen to Plummer. Continuing north up the Coast Subdivision ROW at-grade to the Chatsworth Metrolink station terminus.
(Ventura Blvd needs a rail line for three reasons: JOBS, JOBS, JOBS. Ventura Blvd. is the San Fernando Valleys major commercial boulevard. It is home to many of the Valleys prominent commerce centers and entertainment companies, making its connection to the major motion picture studios in Burbank all the more likely to garner trips. The street is the San Fernando Valleys Wilshire Blvd, and it cannot be adequately served by a rail line that at most points is over a mile north of the street.)

B) Airport/Sherman Way Spur
Northwest up the Coast Subdivision/Metrolink ROW to Sherman Way at-grade. West above Sherman Way to Van Nuys Blvd. Continue west down Sherman Way at-grade to Reseda. North above Reseda Blvd to Nordhoff. West down Norhoff at-grade to the Coast Subdivision/Metrolink ROW. And north up the ROW at-grade to the Chatsworth Metrolink station terminus.
(The MTA recently commissioned a study to connect the Red line to the Pasadena Gold line through Glendale and Burbank.)


AQUA LINE (Expo/Valley)
Miles of Track: 33.4 (25.3 miles of new track)
Stations: 38 (30 new stations)
Junctions: Purple, Green, Bronze, Silver, Pink, Red, Blue, LAXpress & Metrolink (Antelope Valley, Ventura County, 91, Orange County, Riverside, San Bernardino, Harbor & 605)
Cost: $2.0 - 2.5 billion (Madrid: $1.9 - 2.5 billion)
STATION CHANGES TO MAP: Valley/Rosemead > Rosemead Civic Center; El Monte > El Monte Transit Center; Add Valley Mall between Baldwin and El Monte Transit Center

The light rail line would have two extensions and one modification:

1) West: Expo Phase II
West from the Robertson/Venice station down the Exposition ROW at-grade to Olympic/22nd. West down Olympic to 10th Street at-grade. West above the 10 freeway to the Santa Monica Pier and Promenade terminus.
(The EIR for this project is currently being processed.)

2) East: Valley Blvd
East from Union Station ascending after crossing the Los Angeles River from subway to at-grade along the Alhambra Subdivision ROW near Lamar/San Antonio Plaza. East along the ROW at-grade to Valley/Borland. East above Valley to the eastern shoulder of the Rio Hondo River near Santa Anita Ave. South above the eastern shoulder of the Rio Hondo River to the El Monte Transit Center near Ramona. East under Ramona to the San Gabriel Subdivision ROW near Cypress, continuing above Ramona to the Baldwin Park station terminus.
(This line is a variation of the grassroots-developed MetroSilverLine.com, which spawned the official study of the corridor by the MTA. The goal is to directly serve the commercial heart of the southern San Gabriel Valley and its many transit dependent and transit-friendly citizens.)

3) Extending the Flower Street Tunnel
The current Blue line Flower St tunnel would be extended from its current end at 11th Street south under Flower to Adams.
(All the increased traffic in South Park due to multiple developments, notably LA Live, will make this grade-separation very necessary).


BRONZE LINE
Miles of Track: 50.6 (45.9 miles of new track)
Stations: 43
Junctions: Red, Gold, Purple, Aqua, Silver, Lime, Orange, Green, Pink, Blue, LAXpress & Metrolink (Antelope Valley, Ventura County, Harbor & 605)
Cost: $4.5 - 5.9 billion (Madrid: $4.1 - 5.5 billion)
STATION CHANGES TO MAP: Foothill/Van Nuys > Foothill; Pacoima > Arleta; Arleta > Woodman/Van Nuys; Van Nuys/Roscoe > Panorama Mall; Van Nuys/Oxnard > Van Nuys Civic Center; Carson/Crenshaw > Old Torrance; Santa Fe/PCH > Santa Fe; Eliminate Van Nuys/Victory; Add Getty Center between UCLA and Van Nuys/Ventura; Add Glenoaks between Foothill and Van Nuys/San Fernando

The heavy rail line likely powered by overhead pantograph begins near the junction of the 118/210 freeways and continues south above Van Nuys. After Van Nuys/Ventura it tunnels directly under the Santa Monica Mountains to UCLA with a small diversion to the Getty Center tram station. South under Westwood to Pico. Southwest under Pico to the eastern shoulder of the 405 freeway. It runs a combination of at-grade and elevated along the eastern shoulder of the 405 freeway until Sepulveda. South above Sepulveda. to the at-grade LAX station. South under Sepulveda to Maple. Continues above Sepulveda to El Segundo, and then at-grade down the western shoulder of Sepulveda from El Segundo to Rosecrans. East above Rosecrans to the existing Green line tracks. Southeast down the Green Line ROW elevated to Marine/Redondo Beach Ave. Continuing elevated southeast down the Harbor Subdivision ROW to the western shoulder of the 405 Fwy to Hawthorne Blvd. Southeast above Hawthorne Blvd. to the Harbor Subdivision ROW at 190th. Southeast down the Harbor Subdivision tracks at-grade with grade separations at major intersections to Normandie. South above Normandie to Pacific Coast Highway. East above PCH, continuing after the Los Alamitos Circle above Atherton to Bellflower. South above Bellflower to 7th street. East above 7th street to the Cal State Long Beach/Long Beach Veterans Hospital terminus at Campus Drive.
(The line would connect all of the Metro Rail lines and the culturally and socio-economically diverse communities that surround the stations, and it would serve the corridor synonymous with Los Angeles Traffic Crisis: 405 Freeway. In the Draft Long Range Transportation, MTA identifies the South Bay portion of the line from Redondo Beach to PCH/Harbor Fwy as an extension of the existing green line, and an MIS has already been conducted down to the South Bay Galleria. The abandoned Nash el would continue as trolley service between the Imperial/Aviation or possibly LAX and the Redondo Beach or Lawndale station. The Sepulveda segment allows the line to serve Manhattan Beach, several high-density job pockets and Rosecrans - the retail heart of El Segundo. On the northern end of the line, the San Fernando Valley North-South study identified Van Nuys Blvd as corridor in need of transit upgrades. It is the most popular bus line in the Valley.)

POSSIBLE ALIGNMENT CHANGE: North from Getty Center to Sepulveda/Ventura. North under Sepulveda to Magnolia. East under Magnolia to Van Nuys.
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North from Getty Center to Sepulveda/Ventura. East under Ventura to Van Nuys. North above Van Nuys.


SILVER LINE
Miles of Track: 44.3 (34.9 miles of new track)
Stations: 55 (41 new stations)
Junctions: Red, Blue, Green, Orange, Lime, Purple, Aqua, Pink, Bronze, & Metrolink (91, Orange County, Riverside, San Bernardino County, Antelope Valley, Ventura County & Harbor)
Cost: $5.4 - 6.2 billion (Madrid: $3.2 - 4.1 billion)
STATION CHANGES TO MAP: Sunset/Figueroa > Alpine Hill; La Cienega/Sunset > Sunset Strip; Sunset/San Vicente > Sunset Strip West; Central > Central/Artesia; Eliminate Olvera St

The light rail line begins at Pacific Ave and heads northeast up South Venice at-grade in a single-track segment to Abbot Kinney, where the two-track segment begins. It continues northeast at-grade or above Venice Blvd to Fairfax. North under Fairfax to 3rd Street. West under 3rd to San Vicente. North under San Vicente to Sunset. East under Sunset to La Brea. North under La Brea to Hollywood connecting to the existing Red line tunnels. It continues in the Red line tunnels and stations to Santa Monica/Vermont. Continues east under Santa Monica to Sunset. Southeast under Sunset, which turns into Cesar Chavez to Union Station. South under Alameda to the Little Tokyo Station at 1st. Easterly using the current Gold Line Eastside in a combination of at-grade and subway tracks and stations to Pomona/Atlantic. South under Atlantic to Telegraph, continuing above Atlantic to the 710 freeway in Compton. South down the western shoulder of the 710 freeway to the 91 freeway at-grade. West down the northern shoulder of the 91 freeway at-grade to about one-half mile east of Avalon Blvd. South under Rainsbury to the CSUDH/Home Depot Center terminus.
(The western portion of the line forms a West Hollywood/Beverly Hills crescent that is completely necessary to serve these major Westside traffic generators with one line. The Dodger Stadium station is connected to the Angelino Heights station via a privately-financed high-occupancy tram system operating under Chavez Ravine during events and on game days. Atlantic Blvd is the 2nd most traveled bus line east of Blue line, behind only Long Beach Blvd which serves the same corridor as the Blue line.)


PINK LINE (Crenshaw/La Brea/Hawthorne)
Miles of Track: 20.9
Stations: 24
Junctions: Red, Silver, Purple, Aqua, Lime, Orange, Green, Bronze & LAXpress
Cost: $3.6 - 3.7 billion (Madrid: $2.1 - 2.6 billion)
CHANGES TO MAP: Del Amo/Hawthorne > Delthorne

The light rail line begins at Hollywood/Highland and heads west under Hollywood to La Brea. South under La Brea to San Vicente. Southeast under San Vicente to Venice. East down Venice to Crenshaw at-grade or in a trench. South under Crenshaw to Rodeo. South down Crenshaw from Rodeo Rd to Harbor Subdivision ROW near 67th in a combination of trench and subway. Southwest down the ROW to Market in a trench. South under Market, ascending above the street at La Brea, which turns into Hawthorne to the Del Amo Mall terminus.
(The most recent Major Investment Study on a portion of this corridor was completed in 2003. Other segments have been studied in the past. The portion of the line through Mid-City assumes the hydrogen sulfide soil issue can be avoided with a shallow bored tunnel. The wide boulevards in the Crenshaw and Hawthorne Blvd portions of the line present a tremendous opportunity to redevelop mostly single-story commercial space into gracefully dense mixed-use developments lush with landscaping and wide sidewalks.)


LIME LINE (Slauson/Firestone)
Miles of Track: 22.3 (21.2 miles of new track)
Stations: 21
Junctions: Green, Orange, Silver, Blue, Red, Pink, Bronze, LAXpress & Metrolink (Harbor & 605)
Cost: $850 million 1.4 billion (Madrid: $990 million 1.4 billion)

The light rail line begins at the Firestone/Imperial station at Imperial and the Los Nietos Subdivision ROW near Firestone and heads northwest up the ROW at-grade to the San Pedro Subdivision ROW along Salt Lake Ave. Northwest up the San Pedro Subdivision ROW at-grade to the La Habra Subdivision ROW on Randolph Street. West down the La Habra Subdivision ROW at-grade to the Harbor Subdivision ROW on Slauson. West down the Harbor Subdivision ROW at-grade to Crenshaw. Continuing west down the Harbor Subdivision ROW in a trench to Centinela. West at-grade or above Centinela past La Cienega. Continuing west at-grade or in a trench down Centinela to Green Valley Circle. Continuing west at-grade down Centinela to Jefferson. West at-grade down Jefferson to the Playa Vista terminus at Lincoln Blvd.


ORANGE LINE (Manchester/Firestone)
Miles of Track: 20.1 (11.1 miles of new track)
Stations: 20
Junctions: Green, Lime, Silver, Blue, Red, Bronze, Pink, LAXpress & Metrolink (91, Orange County, Harbor & 605)
Cost: $950 million 1.2 billion (Madrid: $950 million 1.2 billion)

The light rail line begins at the Norwalk Transit Center station heading west under Imperial to the Los Nietos Subdivision ROW near Firestone. Northwest up the ROW to Alameda/East Manchester at-grade. West above East Manchester to Firestone, which turns into Manchester to the Harbor Subdivision ROW near Aviation. South down the ROW at-grade. West from the ROW underground to 96th Street. West under 96th street ascending to at-grade at the LAX station terminus.


605 LINE
Miles of Track: 35.7 (28.3 miles of new track)
Stations: 16
Junctions: Aqua, Purple, Green, Orange, Lime, Bronze, Blue & Metrolink (San Bernardino, Riverside, 91, Orange County & Foothill)
Cost: $870 960 million (Madrid: $870 million 1 billion)

The EMU line begins at the Irwindale terminus and heads south at-grade down the Azusa Branch ROW near Irwindale Ave to the San Gabriel Subdivision/Metrolink ROW near the Azusa Canyon Road/Los Angeles intersection. Southwest at-grade down the ROW to the Bassett Station near the Railroad Ave/Baldwin Park intersection. West under Valley Blvd to the eastern shoulder of the 605 freeway. Southwest down the eastern shoulder of the 605 freeway elevated to the 60 freeway interchange. Veer south from the interchange elevated west of the Workman Mill/Pellissier intersection descending to the Los Angeles Subdivision ROW. Southwest down the Los Angeles Subdivision ROW at-grade to the Los Nietos Subdivision ROW just southwest of the 605/Beverly junction. South down the Los Nietos ROW at-grade on the east bank of the San Gabriel River to the San Bernardino Subdivision/Metrolink ROW at Slauson. Southeast down the San Bernardino Subdivision ROW at-grade to the Norwalk Transit Center station. West under or above Imperial Hwy to the 105 freeway. West down the Green line ROW in the median of the 105 freeway at-grade to the 105 freeway/Paramount intersection. Southwest under the 105 freeway to the San Pedro Subdivision ROW near Facade Ave. South at-grade down the San Pedro Subdivision ROW to the Lakewood Industrial Lead ROW near Candlewood. South down the Lakewood Industrial Lead ROW at-grade to Cherry near 33rd. South above Cherry to Pacific Coast Highway. West above Pacific Coast Highway to the Long Beach Blvd terminus.
(Whether this line is Metrolink-EMU or light rail, its major purpose is to provide north and south service along the I-605 and I-710 corridors and connectivity between the eastern part of the rail network. New or parallel tracks will be needed in some segments so that freight and passenger rail can flow without disrupting the other and/or to compliment fellow Metrolink service.)


HARBOR LINE
Miles of Track: 34.5 (14.1 miles of new track)
Stations: 17
Junctions: Purple, Silver, Aqua, Blue, Lime, Orange, Green, Red, Bronze, LAXpress & Metrolink (91, Orange County, Riverside, San Bernardino County, Antelope Valley, Ventura County)
Cost: $330 370 million (Madrid: $330 370 million)

The light rail or EMU line begins at Union Station and continues in the Downtown Connector tunnels (south under Alameda, west under 1st, south under Flower), continuing under Flower to Adams. It then connects to the Harbor Transitway via overpass and continues down the Harbor Transitway at-grade to the Artesia Transit Center. East under the 110 freeway to the eastern shoulder of the freeway near West 184th street. South down the eastern shoulder of the freeway ascending above the 405 freeway exchange. Continuing down the eastern shoulder of the freeway at-grade to the San Pedro Subdivision ROW just south of near Figueroa/Harry Bridges Blvd. Continuing down the ROW to the Downtown San Pedro terminus at 6th Street.
(The Harbor Transitway was built strong enough to support light rail vehicles. I suggest EMU or LRT based on the capabilities of the existing structures, ability to run on the same Downtown Connector tracks and cost. Essentially the major purpose of this line is to quickly connect the distant South Bay communities (San Pedro, Wilmington and Carson specifically) to the hub of the rail network in Downtown LA, while the Blue and Red lines provide much needed local service to a population with a very high concentration of transit dependent citizens.)


LAXpress LINE
Miles of Track: 15 (8.3 miles of new track)
Stations: 8
Junctions: Aqua, Silver, Purple, Blue, Red, Pink, Lime, Orange, Green, Bronze & Metrolink (San Bernardino, Riverside, 91, Orange County, Antelope Valley, Ventura County & Harbor)
Cost: $380-560 million (Madrid: $380-550 million)

The light rail or EMU line heads south from Union Station at-grade down the West Bank ROW to the Harbor Subdivision ROW at Washington near the LA River. Southwesterly down the Harbor Subdivision ROW to Aviation near 96th street. West from the ROW underground to 96th street. West under 96th street ascending to at-grade at the LAX station terminus.
(An MIS was recently funded to determine the capabilities of the ROW.)


FOOTHILL LINE
Miles of Track: 34.5 (27.7 miles of new track)
Stations: 19
Junctions: Gold, Blue & Metrolink (San Bernarndino & 605)
Cost: $540 million (Madrid: $540 million)
STATION CHANGES TO MAP: Citrus > Citrus College/Azusa Pacific University; La Verne > Fairplex/University of La Verne; Pomona > North Pomona

The EMU line begins at the Old Town Pasadena station and proceeds east down the existing Gold line tracks to Sierra Madre Villa station continuing down the Pasadena Subdivision ROW primarily at-grade to Cucamonga Creek just east of Vineyard Ave and south down the eastern side of the creek to the Ontario Airport terminus.
(The Gold Line Foothill Authority completed the Draft EIR in 2004 to Montclair. Among the extensions major contributions to the transit system is a large potential rail yard in Irwindale.)


EXISTING METROLINK CHANGES

San Bernardino Line
Cost: $30 million
-Added LA County USC Medical Center, Alhambra, Rosemead & Bassett stations

Riverside Line
Cost: $150 million
-Moved service from the Los Angeles Subdivision ROW to an upgraded fully double-tracked San Gabriel Subdivision ROW to Bassett station and continuing to an upgraded and fully double-tracked Alhambra Subdivision ROW freeing the Los Angeles Subdivision to operate as the core segment of the Alameda Corridor East from Redondo Junction in Downtown LA to the Inland Empire.
-Eliminated Montebello Commerce station
-Added La Puente & CSU Pomona/Mt. SAC (Kellogg/Valley) stations
STATION CHANGES TO MAP: CSU Pomona > CSU Pomona/Mt. SAC

Ventura County Line
Cost: $20 million
-Moved Northridge Station to Northridge Fashion Center (Nordoff Way/ROW near Corbin)
-Moved Glendale station to Atwater Village (Los Feliz/ROW near Seneca)
-Added Laurel Canyon/Sherman Way, Glassell Park & Glendale (Broadway/San Fernando Road) stations
STATION CHANGES TO MAP: Glassel Park > Glassell Park; Add spur from Glendale Metrolink station to LA Zoo/Autry Museum

Antelope Valley Line
Cost: $10 million
-Added Van Nuys/San Fernando Road & Palmdale Airport stations

Orange County & 91 Lines
Cost: $10 million
-Moved Commerce station to Atlantic/ROW near Bandinis
-Added San Fernando Springs station at Telegraph/ROW near Bloomfield
Uh huh.
 
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Sounds good, and I really like what the MTA is doing.

Quote:[hr][/hr]SILVER LINE
Miles of Track: 44.3 (34.9 miles of new track)
Stations: 55 (41 new stations)
Junctions: Red, Blue, Green, Orange, Lime, Purple, Aqua, Pink, Bronze, & Metrolink (91, Orange County, Riverside, San Bernardino County, Antelope Valley, Ventura County & Harbor)
Cost: $5.4 - 6.2 billion (Madrid: $3.2 - 4.1 billion)
STATION CHANGES TO MAP: Sunset/Figueroa > Alpine Hill; La Cienega/Sunset > Sunset Strip; Sunset/San Vicente > Sunset Strip West; Central > Central/Artesia; Eliminate Olvera St

The light rail line begins at Pacific Ave and heads northeast up South Venice at-grade in a single-track segment to Abbot Kinney, where the two-track segment begins. It continues northeast at-grade or above Venice Blvd to Fairfax. North under Fairfax to 3rd Street. West under 3rd to San Vicente. North under San Vicente to Sunset. East under Sunset to La Brea. North under La Brea to Hollywood connecting to the existing Red line tunnels. It continues in the Red line tunnels and stations to Santa Monica/Vermont. Continues east under Santa Monica to Sunset. Southeast under Sunset, which turns into Cesar Chavez to Union Station. South under Alameda to the Little Tokyo Station at 1st. Easterly using the current Gold Line Eastside in a combination of at-grade and subway tracks and stations to Pomona/Atlantic. South under Atlantic to Telegraph, continuing above Atlantic to the 710 freeway in Compton. South down the western shoulder of the 710 freeway to the 91 freeway at-grade. West down the northern shoulder of the 91 freeway at-grade to about one-half mile east of Avalon Blvd. South under Rainsbury to the CSUDH/Home Depot Center terminus.
(The western portion of the line forms a West Hollywood/Beverly Hills crescent that is completely necessary to serve these major Westside traffic generators with one line. The Dodger Stadium station is connected to the Angelino Heights station via a privately-financed high-occupancy tram system operating under Chavez Ravine during events and on game days. Atlantic Blvd is the 2nd most traveled bus line east of Blue line, behind only Long Beach Blvd which serves the same corridor as the Blue line.)[hr][/hr]


I am glad that there will be public transportation headed straight to Dodger Stadium. Congestion there is bad on game days.

The only bad thing about this is that this is Los Angeles and unlike New York, people here refuse to take public transportation. Even when it is the most efficient way to travel.

The Silver Line is the one that I am looking forward to, since it is the one that I will probably use the most.

There is a perception in Los Angeles, that if you take public transportation you are broke and don't have a ride. I have a car, however when it comes to taking a trip to the Westside, I ride the 720. Saves me money and it only takes an extra 15 minutes by bus. I would waste a 1/4 tank of gas to get there, plus you have to pay to park. Now I just pay $2.50 ($1.25 each way), take a power nap on the bus and I don't have to worry about parking.

I went from filling up my gas tank every 5-6 days, to filling it up once every 10-12 days.
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hell yeah im all for this!!!!

we already got a stop here next to the del amo swapmeet, and since im always in bellflower that proposed stop helps out too. DO THIS !!!!
 
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Dollar for Dollar, we could relieve traffic much better if we just spent the money on expanding our freeways.

This expansion of the rail lines does seem pretty nice though. I hope to be working downtown after I graduate and I would be nice if I could go to a club and not worry about how much I drink. Nonetheless it will more of less be tax payers essentially subsidizing people like my selfs drunken transport from one part of the city to another.


If this plan indeed does go through I can only think about something from my Urban Economics class that was mentioned in passing. People are far more elastic in the distribution and redistribution of mass transit than in the haul times. In other words, the time and hassle associated with getting from home to the mainline and from the mainline to there jobs or other final destinations affects people's decision to use mass transit far more than does the time spent on the mainline.

If LA wants to be like New York and wants its population to turn to mass transit it would be wise to spend most of the money on frequent and comfortable busses that would complement a fairly minimalist rail system.

People don't mind spending a lot of time on the train but they do mind long walks and or sporadic bus services that take them from their home to the train and from the train station to their final destination.




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i am all for this. awesome idea this is.

is there an estimated time that this would be completed.
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the gold line becomes a new line and becomes part of the blue line....that's a very scenic tour of the hood (from downtown to LBC).
 
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I'm not even from socal (fresno originally and palo alto for school) but this would be a fantastic project once complete. Just the BART and Cal Train in the bay have a big impact and this would help to reduce both traffic and emissions. I'm all for this and a high speed rail from LA through the valley and to SF. All of it realy needs to happen
 
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man i dont know if i want a dam train runnin two blocks from my house i live literally two blocks away from where they gonna build the aqua line...
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Im down for anything that would be effective, the probably is we wouldn't know till about a year after the thing is built if its really doing its job. But a mass transit system is needed dearly in Los Angeles County
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