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Streetcar Alignments Refined; Public Briefing on August 2

By Eric Richardson
Published: Friday, July 22, 2011, at 10:02AM
Streetcar Alignments L.A. Streetcar Inc. / Metro

Proposed routes for the L.A. Streetcar: At left, 12 variations presented in May. At right, the seven options recommended to receive more study.

Ever since the effort to return a streetcar to Downtown Los Angeles took new life in 2008, residents and backers have turned into would-be transit planners, plotting out their own ideas on just where a first phase estimated at $100 to $120 million should run.

In May, the team conducting Metro's environmental assessment brought a dozen variations out to a public scoping meeting, offering options that used Broadway and Hill or Olive to connect Bunker Hill—or Union Station—with the Convention Center and L.A. Live in South Park.

Now Metro says that seven of those variations should move forward, eliminating four options in the Bunker Hill area and one in South Park.

Remaining on the north end of the line are three variations. A4 creates a northern loop, using 5th Street and Grand Avenue to access Bunker Hill before turning east at 1st. A6 serves a similar footprint, but accesses the hill on 1st Street—where the grade is only 9%, much less than the 14% climb faced on Grand north of 5th. It dead-ends on Grand next to the Disney Concert Hall and the forthcoming Broad art museum, with cars reversing course to head back down 1st toward Broadway.

The final northern option, designated A7, ignores Bunker Hill entirely and connects to Union Station and Olvera Street instead.

On the southern end, both variations travel south on Broadway and north on Figueroa. They vary in the street they use to travel west, with C3 cutting across 11th Street and C1 going down Pico Boulevard.

In its summary of input from the May meeting, Metro notes that C1 serves an area with more development potential and connects more directly to the Convention Center, but that C3 offers a shorter connection to the existing neighborhood in South Park.

The options are available on Metro's streetcar website, and will be presented at a public meeting on Tuesday, August 2, that will take place from 5:30 to 7pm in the Caltrans Building's 1st floor conference room.


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