Norwalk Green Line Extension Study

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STUDY OVERVIEW

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), in coordination with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) and the Cities of Norwalk and Santa Fe Springs, is conducting a planning study to identify and evaluate feasible alternatives for extending the Metro Green Line east from the Norwalk Station to connect to the Norwalk/Santa Fe Springs Metrolink Station. The goal is to discover how this strategic connection can best serve the economic, cultural and quality-of-life needs of Norwalk, while providing economic and mobility benefits for the entire region.

TRANSPORTATION & LAND USE CONNECTIONS

The Norwalk Green Line Extension Study will evaluate alternative routes, including street-level and bridge or subway options, and potential station locations for the Green Line extension. The study will also identify ways to provide safe and convenient access to stations (called “first/last mile” strategies), for bicyclists, pedestrians, bus transit and automobiles. Just as importantly, the study will identify and evaluate opportunities to develop transit-oriented land uses around the stations that support community needs and goals.

LOCAL & REGIONAL CONNECTIONS

The study will evaluate how the Green Line extension can provide residents with improved connections to destinations and opportunities across Southern California through the Metro Rail system, Metrolink commuter rail and future projects such as the Los Angeles International Airport automated people mover and California High-Speed Rail. Residents, workers and travelers will benefit by having access to an attractive alternative to driving, while helping reach regional, state and federal goals for easing congestion and reducing greenhouse gases.

Image: Norwalk Green Line Study Area Map

Image: Norwalk Green Line Study Region Area Map

STUDY PROCESS

The study is anticipated to be completed by March 2018, with the following key activities (schedule is subject to change):

  • Fall 2016 - Study initiation
  • January 2017 - Community "open house" meetings
  • Spring/Summer 2017 - Alternatives development & evaluation
  • Spring/Summer 2017 - Land use & station planning
  • July 2017 - Community "open house" meetings
  • Winter 2017/2018 - Study conclusion & recommendations
Image: Norwalk Green Line Study Process Diagram

GET INVOLVED

SCAG is seeking input from residents, businesses and community stakeholders to understand the possible community, economic and environmental benefits and costs of the project, and to help identify and shape the development of transportation and land use strategies so that they best support community goals. The study process seeks a consensus-driven vision of how the Green Line extension, and the land uses that may develop with it, can benefit Norwalk and Southern California. Community stakeholders will have the opportunity to participate in two rounds of community meetings held at key points in the study.

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Email: norwalkgreenline@scag.ca.gov | Phone: (213) 236-1897

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STUDY OUTCOMES

At the conclusion of the study, technical recommendations regarding project alternatives (including routes, station area planning and first/last mile strategies) will be presented to the SCAG Regional Council for approval. The approved recommendations will then be provided to Metro. As the implementing agency and operator of the Metro Rail system, Metro will have the discretion to continue with further technical study of the Green Line extension, including engineering and environmental phases of project development, consistent with state and federal requirements. The cities of Norwalk and Santa Fe Springs, who have local jurisdiction over land use decisions, will have the discretion to continue with further study of any land use alternatives.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The Norwalk Green Line Extension Study is a comprehensive research-based planning study that will identify and explore feasible alternatives for extending the Metro Green Line east from the Norwalk Station to connect to the Norwalk/Santa Fe Springs Metrolink Station.

The Study goal is to explore how this strategic connection can best serve the economic, cultural and quality-of-life needs of Norwalk residents, while providing economic and mobility benefits for the entire region. While the Study does involve technical studies, community input is critical to help the Study team understand the community’s needs, values and aspirations.

The Study is conducted by the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), in coordination with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) and the Cities of Norwalk and Santa Fe Springs. Additional partners include the Gateway Cities Council of Governments and the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (Metrolink).

The Study will evaluate the feasibility, costs, and benefits of potential routes, including street-level and bridge or subway options, and potential station locations for the Green Line extension. The Study will also identify ways to provide safe and convenient access to stations (called “first/last mile” strategies), for bicyclists, pedestrians, bus transit and automobiles. Just as importantly, the Study will identify and evaluate opportunities to develop transit-oriented land uses around the stations that support community needs and goals, as well as transit ridership.

Transit-oriented land use, or TOD, is a planning strategy that explicitly links land use and transportation by focusing mixed housing, employment and commercial growth around bus and rail stations, usually within a half mile. TOD typically includes a mix of uses, moderate to high density, and pedestrian connectivity. SCAG will work closely with the Cities of Norwalk and Santa Fe Springs to identify and evaluate potential land use opportunities that the cities may want to consider to maximize the economic benefits of extending the Green Line. The cities have local jurisdiction over land use decisions, and will have the discretion to continue with further study of any land use alternatives.

The Study will identify and examine feasible alternatives, and will estimate the cost to construct and operate the extension. In terms of funding, on November 8, 2016, LA County voters approved Measure M, the sales tax ballot measure called the Los Angeles County Traffic Improvement Plan. Measure M allocates $200 million towards the implementation of the Green Line extension. Other potential funds may come from local, state, or federal sources.

The Study is expected to take approximately 18 months, with an expected completion date of March 2018.

No decisions have been made; this is a planning study only. At the conclusion of the Study, technical recommendations regarding project alternatives (including routes, station area planning and first/last mile strategies) will be developed based on public and stakeholder input and technical evaluation of the alternatives. These recommendations will be presented to the SCAG Regional Council for approval. The approved recommendations will then be provided to Metro. As the implementing agency and operator of the Metro Rail system, Metro will have the discretion to continue with further technical study of the Green Line extension, including engineering and environmental phases of project development, consistent with state and federal requirements. The cities of Norwalk and Santa Fe Springs, who have local jurisdiction over land use decisions, will have the discretion to continue with further study of any land use alternatives.

The Norwalk Green Line Extension was previously studied in the early 1990s, however no action was taken to implement the project. There are a number of current and forthcoming projects affecting the Green Line and Norwalk that merit revisiting the Green Line Extension. In recent years, Metro has studied the extension of the Green Line at its western end, and Metro is currently constructing the Crenshaw light rail project and the Airport Metro Connector (AMC) 96th Street Station. Together with an automated people mover to be constructed by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), this will connect Green Line travelers to the central terminal area at LAX. The passage of Measure M further provides a funding opportunity to extend the Green Line in Norwalk and to connect LAX, the Metro Rail system, and the Metrolink commuter rail system.

The Study focuses on the Metro Green Line, which is part of the Metro Rail system serving urban and suburban travelers in Los Angeles County. High-speed rail is a separate inter-city passenger rail system that could reach speeds of at least 110 miles per hour. The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) is currently planning for the implementation of high-speed rail in California, with a potential station located in Norwalk/Santa Fe Springs. SCAG is coordinating with the CHSRA to ensure that technical assumptions are consistent between the two studies and work is not duplicated. SCAG’s Study will examine the potential benefits and impacts of the Green Line extension, with and without a high-speed rail station in Norwalk.

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CONTACT US

For more information about the study or to learn about upcoming opportunities for public participation, please email norwalkgreenline@scag.ca.gov or call (213) 236-1897.