The Eco-Rapid Transit Board of Directors unanimously approved Alternative 1 of the 19.4-mile light-rail line that will connect Artesia to downtown Los Angeles.
The approval came after review of the Metro Draft West Santa Ana Branch Environmental Impact Statement. The Board also wants a station added in Little Tokyo because it provides access to downtown Los Angeles destinations, the Metro Regional Connector and provides transfers to destinations in East Los Angeles and Whittier.
The $9.8 billion project has been in the works for 20 years, and the Board is set to select a locally preferred alternative in the next few months.
The line will serve 1.4 million people in communities like Maywood, Cudahy, and Huntington Park. Over 83% of the population is minorities with low income.