Thursday, March 24, 2011

Metro Approves Environmental Study Contract for L.A. Streetcar


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Councilmember Jose Huizar-Bringing Back Broadway-Streetcar

Today’s action will allow environmental study to begin, which puts Streetcar in line for federal funding

LOS ANGELES (March 24, 2011) – The Metro Board of Directors unanimously approved a $2.26 million plan today to contract with HDR Engineering to conduct the environmental assessment for the Downtown Los Angeles Streetcar.

Metro’s involvement will ensure that review will meet CEQA and also NEPA and federal guidelines. This action will also allow the project to submit for federal funding through the Small Starts program, which is anticipated to cover half of construction costs. The remaining funding for the public-private partnership will be raised through a Community Facilities District, which is anticipated to be voted on by registered voters in the streetcar area next year.

Los Angeles City Councilmember José Huizar sits on the Board of Directors for Metro and is spearheading the Bringing Back Broadway initiative, which aims to revitalize Historic Broadway and return the Streetcar to Downtown Los Angeles.

“Today’s Metro vote will allow us to begin our environmental study, while also putting us in line to receive federal funding,” said Councilmember José Huizar. “We are now one step closer to turning our dream of returning the Streetcar Downtown into a reality.”

The Downtown Los Angeles Streetcar is an approximate $125 million modern circulator system that will run 7-days a week, about 18-hours a day, serving areas including Bunker Hill, Grand Avenue and the Music Center, Historic Broadway and the Historic Core, South Park, L.A. LIVE and the Los Angeles Convention Center.

An AECOM report released last month indicates the Streetcar will generate 9,300 jobs, spur $1.1 billion in development and generate $24.5 million in annual tourism and spending. These gains are above projections for Downtown without the streetcar, which is good for the entire region.

Tasks to be completed during the environmental study will include documentation of alternative analysis, advanced conceptual engineering and environmental technical studies.

For more information on benefits from the streetcar, visit To learn more about the Bringing Back Broadway initiative, visit