With SCAG's long-range blueprint promoting transit-oriented development, developers might want to keep their eyes on slow-moving plans to build a new light rail line from downtown L.A. to Santa Ana, largely along the right of way of the old Pacific Electric "Red Car" line from Paramount to Santa Ana.
Downey Beat reported that SCAG has completed work on an initial executive study of alternative routes, and LA Curbed has additional information. Links to the documents and proposed maps are available on both sites.
SCAG estimates that up to 80,000 people a day would ride the line if built, and that since much of the line would be on a dedicated route and not city streets that it would only take a little over an hour to travel from end to end.
Some cities support the idea, some oppose it, and of course cost is an issue. A basic light rail line would cost about $3 billion to build, and some of the jurisdictions are holding out for a magnetic levitation (MagLev) train that would be quieter and cheaper to operate, but would cost a staggering $7 billion to build.