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Metro proposes West Santa Ana Branch Transit Corridor Project through Cerritos

August 27, 2021

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is proposing a new light rail transit (LRT) line that will connect southeast Los Angeles County to downtown Los Angeles. The LRT line would serve the combined cities and communities of Artesia, Cerritos, Bellflower, Paramount, Downey, South Gate, Cudahy, Bell, Huntington Park, Vernon and unincorporated Florence-Firestone and Los Angeles (downtown).

According to Metro, the West Santa Ana Branch Transit Corridor (WSAB) is an up to 19-mile corridor project designed to provide mobility improvements, support local and regional land use plans and policies, minimize environmental impacts, ensure cost-effectiveness and financial feasibility and promote equity.

As proposed by Metro, the WSAB Project will provide light rail train service in both directions on a METRO-owned right-of-way (ROW) that runs diagonally through Cerritos. The project will enter Cerritos from the City of Bellflower to the northwest and the City of Artesia from the southeast, crossing Artesia Boulevard and Studebaker Road at ground level, and also the intersection of 183rd Street and Gridley Road where it will rise above grade to approximately 35 feet. Metro estimates that a train would travel along the corridor in either direction every two to five minutes.

The project has a $4 billion allocation of funding comprised of Measure M and other local, state and federal sources. The City of Cerritos will be required to contribute 3 percent of the project’s total cost over a period of five years. The projected cost will vary, depending on the alternative selected. There are currently four build alternatives for the project:

  • Alternative 1: Los Angeles Union Station to Pioneer Station (19.3 miles)
  • Alternative 2: 7th Street/Metro Center to Pioneer Station (19.3 miles)
  • Alternative 3: Slauson/A Line (Blue) to Pioneer Station (14.8 miles)
  • Alternative 4: I-105/C Line (Green) to Pioneer Station (6.6 miles)

Cerritos property owners are encouraged to review and comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement/ Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR) for the WSAB project, which is now available for public review and comment through Tuesday, September 28. The Draft EIS/EIR is available at metro.net/wsab and at public locations along the corridor.

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