GIVE YOUR 2 CENTS ON $7 BILLION PROPOSAL FOR AN OC-TO-LA TRAIN LINE AT WEDNESDAY MEETING IN BELLFLOWERBy Dave Wielenga
The public is invited to an information-and-feedback meeting Wednesday evening in Bellflower regarding the proposed Orange Line, which would connect Los Angeles and Santa Ana—along with in-between towns like Downey, Paramount, Bellflower and Artesia—by running modern trains along the Pacific Electric right-of-ways that once carried the Red Car.
The meeting, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Simms Park (16614 S. Clark Ave, Bellflower, 90706), is presented by the Southern California Association of Government (SCAG) as part of a broad effort of public outreach.
Information about the light-rail proposal and various alternatives will be presented, questions will be answered and opinions will be documented. When this final phase of public outreach concludes, the plan—and the public opinion—will be forwarded to county transportation agencies in Los Angeles and Orange.
The proposed transportation project has an estimated price tag of $7 billion but would provide modern mass transportation services to southeast Los Angeles County communities with a high percentage residents who tend to be poor and underserved.
Originally proposed in 2002, the Orange Line has been plagued by disagreements over alternative plans to the light-rail option, which range from a $1 billion bus line to a futuristic $7.5 billion magnetic levitation train.