Friday October 20th 2017

Santa Ana Considers Rail Project

SANTA ANA Calif. (FNP) – The city of Santa Ana is working with Garden Grove and other county agencies to build a fixed-rail system between the two cities. Santa Ana officials say the project will promote growth and economic development.

Santa Ana is already a major hub between San Diego and Los Angeles, with over 500,000 rail trips per year. Now the city is working with the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) to build a fixed rail system. The street cars would be powered by overhead electrically charged wires.

Each car would hold fifty seated or 100 standing riders. Stations would be set up every ¼ or ½ mile apart and streetcars would run every 15 minutes. The lines would be open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. at that brisk pace.

It is hoped that the line will be part of a web of projects from Los Angeles, but there are a lot of roadblocks. There is a proposal to build a light rail transit (LRT) system from LA County to the city using an existing right-of-way established by the Pacific Electric Railway. Cities from Paramount to Santa Ana have proposed creating parks with the open land. Rail advocates want to see the land used for light rail.

With Metrolink tracks running from Los Angeles to Oceanside and even out to San Bernardino and Riverside counties, residents of Garden Grove could take full advantage of tracks into Santa Ana.

Santa Ana is also looking at extending the line along Harbor Boulevard and coordinating a line with Anaheim. Residents could possibly take a guided railcar to Disneyland, Anaheim / Angel Stadium, and the Honda Center.

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