Janice Hahn “Encouraged” that Metro is Considering Accelerating West Santa Ana Branch Rail Project

Los Angeles, CA– Today, Metro Board Director, LA County Supervisor Janice Hahn voiced her approval for Metro’s announcement that it is “moving toward” two public private partnership proposals that would have the West Santa Ana Branch rail project built 14-15 years ahead of schedule. The 20 mile rail project would provide long-overdue transit access to the southeast region of the County by connecting Downtown Los Angeles to Artesia through stops in the Arts District, Huntington Park, Downey, Paramount, Bellflower, and Cerritos.

Supervisor Hahn has long been critical of Metro’s current Measure M project schedule which has the West Santa Ana Branch project completed in 2041. She has pushed Metro pursue public private partnerships (P3s) to take advantage of private capital to build projects more quickly.

While Hahn appreciates Metro’s willingness to consider these proposals, she hesitated to celebrate just yet.

“I am encouraged that Metro is ‘moving toward’ proposals to accelerate the West Santa Ana project but this is far from over,” said Supervisor Hahn. “I won’t be satisfied until this very important project breaks ground.”