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A new batch of community meetings has provided an opportunity to review Metro's plans for the northern leg of the West Santa Ana Branch, a proposed light rail line between Downtown Los Angeles and the Gateway Cities.

The corridor, spanning 18 miles, is set to receive approximately $1.75 billion from the sales taxes levied through Measures R and M.  Although the Measure M expenditure plan envisioned a two-phase construction plan, starting in 2022 and ending by 2041, the project is one of 28 which Metro is aiming to complete prior to the 2028 Summer Olympics.  Metro has received an application for a potential public-private partnership that could help achieve this goal.

According to a display board posted at the meeting, Metro offers up estimated travel times, ridership forecasts, and cost projections for seven alignments currently under consideration, with potential end destinations at either Union Station, the Financial District, and proposed Red/Purple Line extension to the Arts District (h/t/ Streetsblog LA):

Each alignment would be predominantly grade separated through Downtown, with the lone exception of a street-level undercrossing at the Santa Monica Freeway.

 

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The 28-story tower broke ground in March 2017.
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Slowly but surely, the concrete frame of 1133 Hope Street rises in South Park. The 28-story tower, located just east of Metro's Pico Station, will feature 200 residential units above 5,000 square feet of ground-floor retail uses and a parking podium upon completion.  Plans for the mixed-use project dated back to 2005, when the Canadian development firm Amacon initially submitted plans for a 35-story building on the site.