Los Angeles (Eastside Extension Phase 2)

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East Side Corridor Extension

Los Angeles, California

(November 1996)


The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) is proposing eastern extensions of the Metro Rail Red Line from its current eastern terminus at Union Station. The first 3.7-mile segment, from Union Station to First and Lorena, is covered in the Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA) for MOS-3 (see MOS-3 profile). The second segment, from First and Lorena to Atlantic and Whittier Boulevards in East Los Angeles, constitutes the Eastside Corridor Extension covered in this profile. The Eastside Corridor Extension is 3.1 miles in length with three stations, all in subway. The project is estimated to cost $1,271 million (escalated dollars).


The preliminary engineering phase of project development was initiated in 1993, and the final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the entire Eastside project, Union Station to Atlantic and Whittier was completed in September 1994. The project is included in the MPO's financially constrained plan as well as in the FY 93-99 Regional Transportation Improvement Program.

LACMTA expects to begin construction in 2008. Given the extent of new start activities at LACMTA with MOS-3 and other corridors, there is little or no activity on the Eastside Corridor Extension at this time.

Congress has not authorized or appropriated funds for the Eastside Extension beyond the first 3.7 miles, which are included in MOS-3.


Mobility Improvements - LACMTA predicts that the project would increase transit ridership by 4,000 trips per day.

Cost Effectiveness - Not available.

Environmental Benefits - The project is located in the South Coast Air Basin which is a "serious" nonattainment area for carbon monoxide and an "extreme" nonattainment area for ozone. The extension would reduce vehicle miles traveled and regional emissions by .03 percent.

Operating Efficiencies - Not available.


In its Long Range Plan, LACMTA has indicated that the project can be funded and constructed within the next 20 years. The original financial plan assumed $635.5 million (50 percent) Section 5309 New Start funding, $90 million (7 percent) in STP and CMAQ flexible funds, $470 million (37 percent) from bonds secured by local sales tax revenues, and other state and local funds making up the balance. The financial plan may be revised in future updated long range plans. The Section 5309 New Start share of LACMTA's total 20-year rail construction program is 21 percent.

In 1994, the Los Angeles County bus fleet averaged 8.2 years old, which is better than the national average. Rail vehicles averaged 3 years old.

Proposed Source of Funds Total Funding
Federal: Section 5309 New Start $635.50
($0.00 million appropriated through FY 1997)
Federal: Flexible Funds $90.00
State and Local: $545.50
Total: $1,271.00

Note: Funding proposal reflects assumptions made by project sponsors, and are not DOT or FTA assumptions.

Eastside Corridor Map. The project is 3.1 miles in length with three stations, all in subway. The first 3.7-mile segment extends from Union Station to First and Lorena, with the second segment extending from First and Lorena to Atlantic and Whittier Boulevards in East Los Angeles.