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Eco-Rapid Transit Overview

Established in 2003, Eco-Rapid Transit (Orangeline Development Authority) consists of 12 members: Artesia, Paramount, Downey, South Gate, Cudahy, Bell, Maywood, Huntington Park, Bell Gardens, Cerritos, Glendale and the Burbank Airport. The 34-mile corridor has a population that would be the 2nd largest in the state of California. Working together, “We are an economic and community development project with a train connecting us all together.”

Eco-Rapid Transit South has a length of 20-miles extending from the City of Artesia to Union Station. Eco-Rapid Transit is the $6.6 billion West Santa Ana Branch (WSAB) which is now part of the Metro Measure R, Metro Measure M and State of California SB1 Program. The Eco-Rapid Transit South/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. Yet, at the same time, we are developing plans and programs to create sustainable development that promotes a strong local economy and social equity along the entire corridor. Scheduled to be completed in 2028, WSAB became real through a collaborative effort with Gateway Cities COG, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro). Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) and other local, regional, state and federal agencies.

Eco-Rapid Transit North is a 14-mile corridor from Burbank Airport to Glendale and Downtown Los Angeles. This includes existing and proposed rail transit service in the corridor with a focus on high-speed rail, Metrolink and LOSSAN improvements. The Eco-Rapid Transit North area includes a population of around 600,000 (Burbank, Glendale and parts of the City of Los Angeles). There are 143,000 jobs in Burbank and Glendale, plus many more in the Los Angeles portion of the alignment. Much of this area is home to many media and entertainment companies. In Glendale, there is over 6 million square feet of office space featuring a wide range of properties. The Burbank Airport provides easy access to the majority of our popular tourist destinations as well as attractions in Glendale, Pasadena and Downtown Los Angeles. Burbank Airport has intermodal “plane-to-train” service with two commuter rail transit stops providing service to Los Angeles, Santa Clarita, the San Fernando Valley and Ventura County and free transit service connecting to the Metro Red Line in North Hollywood.

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