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The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has approved the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (L.A. Metro) request to move the West Santa Ana Branch Transit Corridor project to the development phase as part of the federal Capital Investment Grants Program.
The announcement means the project is more likely to be eligible for federal funding. The proposed 14.8-mile route from Slauson/A Line to Pioneer, California, was also approved as the Locally Preferred Alternative for the project’s initial segment between Artesia and downtown Los Angeles.
The transit agency will now complete the environmental review process and engineering and design activities as required by the FTA. After that, the FTA will extend the pre-award authority to project sponsors to incur costs for engineering and design work in order to develop a cost estimate.
"Many of these communities suffer from severe pollution burden and lack sustainable mobility options. Once the West Santa Ana Branch comes to fruition, Southeast Los Angeles residents will finally have direct and quick access to Downtown Los Angeles and the rest of the County, opening up access to more jobs, schools, and housing," said L.A. Metro Board Chair Hilda Solis in a press release.