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Eco-Rapid Transit Overview

Established in 2003, Eco-Rapid Transit consists of 11 members: Artesia, Paramount, Downey, South Gate, Cudahy, Bell, Maywood, Huntington Park, Bell Gardens, Glendale and the Hollywood Burbank Airport. Within the corridor are two project concepts. Phase I focuses on the 20-mile long West Santa Ana Branch which is now part of the Metro Measure R, Metro Measure M and State of California SB1 Program. Phase II is the corridor from Downtown Los Angeles to Glendale and the Hollywood Burbank Airport. This includes transit improvements in the corridor such as the new Hollywood Burbank Airport Metrolink Station on the Antelope Valley Line.

Much of the planning effort focuses on Phase I of the Project, the 20 mile long West Santa Ana Branch (WSAB) Light Rail project from Artesia to Downtown Los Angeles. This became real through the collaborative effort with Gateway Cities COG and regional transportation agencies.

The WSAB project area includes 1.1 million people and over 500,000 jobs. It is considered the industrial and manufacturing heart of Los Angeles County. It has some of the highest density in Los Angeles County, with many communities along the line having densities that rival Manhattan. It is plagued by congestion with a low median income level and a very young population. It consists of some of the most impacted environmental justice communities in California and has suffered from job loss and high unemployment.