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.
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
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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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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