west santa ana branch corridor
Don't leave your friends behind Gateway Cities!
The footprints of the abandoned Orangeline Dev. Authority
HyRail can reunite the team!
Current Allocation: $4 Billion
Recent Cost Estimates: $5 Billion
Est. HyRail Cost: $4 Billion
Savings: Over $1 Billion
Why add another train technology when we already have Light and Heavy Rail? Because...
In the beginning, there was the Orangeline Development Authority. Their goal was to create a high speed, grade separated maglev corridor from Artesia to Santa Clarita by way of Union Station. They were looking at Magnetic levitation as the technology of choice and soon found out it was far too expensive for them. Then came Eco-Rapid Transit. With the Gateway cities main goal to get a rail line, they soon settled for having light rail abandoning their friends in Glendale, Burbank and Santa Clarita. What we are now finding is that grade separating light rail in downtown LA is becoming a costly proposition. With Little Tokyo becoming tired of the constant construction of rail through their community, Metro is looking to find another way into Union and may possibly abandon the Union Station Terminus altogether.
HyRail's low operating & Maintenance costs make a PPP ideal for creating a R.O.I.
Let's be friends again
HyRail costs well below Light Rail and Magnetic Levitation so the Gateway cities can begin to fulfill on their commitment to providing a fast, efficient grade separated (fully elevated) service that links them with their allies in the SF Valley and beyond. Metro currently has $4 Billion allocated to the West Santa Ana Branch Corridor. To implement HyRail along the 20 mile corridor from Downtown LA to Artesia would be about $4 Billion, saving the recently estimated $1 Billion in grade separating cost overruns from Light Rail. With HyRail construction costs below $200 million per mile, there are spare funds to complete the Green line to Norwalk Metrolink station or for the full Orangline corridor up to Santa Clarita, should Metro be able to move the funds out of the Gateway funding district.
Because HyRail tracks and pylons can be built off site and trucked in, Metro can build the West Santa Ana Branch corridor to Union Station* quickly & without much disruption, and in the process begin mending their relationship with the Little Tokyo community.
[*Under the HyRail plan, the West Santa Ana Branch HyRail and the Harbor Subdivision share tracks into Downtown LA to Union Station]