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Streetcar Study Starts With Tuesday Scoping Meeting

By Eric Richardson
Published: Monday, May 16, 2011, at 06:38PM
L.A. Streetcar L.A. Streetcar, Inc / Metro

Tuesday night's scoping meeting will kick off an official study of streetcar routes in Downtown.

A scoping meeting may be more legislative necessity than exciting event, but Tuesday night's session at the Los Angeles Theatre will mark a new phase for the effort to bring a streetcar back to the streets of Downtown Los Angeles.

Work on the effort has been going on for years, but Tuesday's meeting is the official start to the project's environmental review, a prerequisite to the federal funding the streetcar needs to become a reality. Backers estimate that an initial phase would likely cost $100 to $120 million.

Just where that first phase will run is up for debate.

Tuesday's presentation will offer an array of variations for the proposed streetcar's tracks. While the line's three key points—Convention Center / L.A. Live, Broadway and the Music Center—have been roughly agreed upon since 2004, just how to connect the dots is still very much an open question.

A briefing posted online in advance of the meeting (PDF) puts the southbound trains on Broadway, with either Hill or Olive for northbound service. Several variations for the Bunker Hill end of the track are shown, as are different ways of connecting through South Park.

Downtowners are encouraged to weigh in with their thoughts on the options either via email to, voicemail at 213-922-3000 or in person at Tuesday night's meeting. An open house will run from 4pm to 6pm, and public comments will be taken from 6pm to 7:30pm. The Los Angeles Theatre is at 615 S. Broadway.


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