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LAMetroLogo.svg Eastside Transit Corridor  E Line 
Service
TypeLight rail
SystemMetro
Technical
Track gauge4 ft 8+12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Electrification750 V DC overhead catenary
Route map

Atlantic
(relocated)
Atlantic/Whittier
Metrolink (California) Amtrak
The Citadel
Greenwood
Rosemead
Norwalk
Lambert

The Eastside Transit Corridor is a planned light rail line that will connect Downtown Los Angeles with East Los Angeles. The project calls for extending the Los Angeles Metro E Line (currently the L (Eastside Gold) Line) from Atlantic station further east to Whittier.

Overview

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has studied two alternative alignments for this extension. In 2015, Metro estimated the cost of both alignments of what was then known as the Gold Line Eastside Rail Extension at $6.0 billion (to be delivered in 2057).[1] The plan included in the Measure M transportation funding measure is to build improvements in stages. In 2009, Metro published the Eastside Transit Corridor Phase 2 Final Alternatives Analysis Report,[2] and in 2014 published a Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report.[3] In February 2020, the Metro Board voted to eliminate the SR 60 alignment and combined alignment alternatives from consideration, and proceed only with the Washington Boulevard alternative of the project.[4][5][6] (The SR 60 line may be considered for construction in the future.[7]) Construction is scheduled to begin in 2029, with public service by 2035,[8] though the project's timeline may be accelerated under the Twenty-eight by '28 initiative.[9]

Metro plans to merge the portion of the L (Gold) Line east of Downtown Los Angeles into the E Line (which will then use the gold color instead of aqua on maps) upon completion of the Regional Connector in 2022. This will allow a one seat ride for travelers as far west as Santa Monica, with transfers to other lines at downtown stations.

Proposed routings and modes

The Transit Corridor Project was originally proposed as a light rail route along Washington Boulevard. Metro studied three alternatives during its Initial Operating Study: along California State Route 60, the original concept to Whittier, and a project that built both routings. The combined routes would have served the communities of Montebello, Commerce, Pico Rivera, Monterey Park, South El Monte, South San Gabriel, Rosemead, Santa Fe Springs and Whittier in the east side of the county. All alternatives begin at the Gold Line's Atlantic Station and head east.

Metro ruled out the SR 60 Freeway and combined alternative, leaving just the Washington Boulevard alternative for further consideration and study.[4][5][6] A new maintenance yard is included as part of the extension.[10]

Alternatives Alignments[8] New trips
(daily)
Estimated cost
(billions)
Alternative 1: LRT SR-60 Alternative TBD TBD
Alternative 2: LRT Washington Boulevard Alternative TBD TBD
Alternative 3: LRT Combined Alternative TBD TBD

During the Initial Operating Segment study, Metro concluded that Alternative 1 and 3 would interfere with future SR 60 expansions. Metro would have to buy selective property, remove homes needed for a maintenance facility yard as no large vacant lots were found. In February 2020, Metro staff recommended Alternative 2, removing the route along the SR 60 freeway (Alternative one) from further consideration therefore also eliminating Alternative three in the process.[4][5][6] Metro will focus on further studying and building the Washington Boulevard alternative.

Route selection: Alternative 2

Station City/Neighborhood Notes
Atlantic East Los Angeles to be rebuilt
Atlantic/Whittier East Los Angeles
The Citadel Commerce adjacent the Citadel Outlets
Greenwood Montebello
Rosemead Pico Rivera
Norwalk Whittier
Lambert

References

  1. ^ Hymon, Steve (November 8, 2016). "Measure M project descriptions". The Source. Metro. Retrieved August 15, 2020.
  2. ^ "Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for Proposed Transit Improvements in the Eastside Transit Corridor Phase 2, Eastern Portion of Los Angeles County, CA [Notice of Intent]" (PDF). January 25, 2010.
  3. ^ "Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report". Metro. August 2014.
  4. ^ a b c Hymon, Steve (February 28, 2020). "Recap of February Metro Board meeting". The Source. Metro. Retrieved May 7, 2021.
  5. ^ a b c Hymon, Steve (February 6, 2020). "Metro staff provides update on Eastside Gold Line". The Source. Metro. Retrieved May 7, 2021.
  6. ^ a b c Sanchez, Jesus (February 24, 2020). "East L.A. to Whittier Gold Line extension grows more likely". The Eastsider. Retrieved February 7, 2021.
  7. ^ Fine, Howard (December 20, 2021). "Metro Planning Rail Routes into County's Southeast Quadrant". Los Angeles Business Journal. Retrieved December 31, 2021.
  8. ^ a b "Eastside Transit Corridor Phase 2 Fact Sheet" (PDF). Metro. February 2020. Retrieved May 7, 2021.
  9. ^ Sharp, Steven (November 27, 2018). "Here are the 28 Projects that Metro Could Complete Before the 2028 Olympics". Urbanize. Retrieved July 2, 2018.
  10. ^ "LA Metro to present updated Eastside light-rail route alternatives". Progressive Railroading. January 28, 2020. Retrieved August 28, 2020.