Yes, yes, I know, three lines on one ROW is pushing it, but that's where a Regional Connector II (via Alameda) could come in... you could reroute the Blue Line onto the RCII and just have the Gold Line and the Yellow line-Santa Ana link share tracks between Bunker hill and Little Tokyo. ;
Isn't that unfair to Blue Line riders who would miss all the destination points downtown?
That's the beauty of the regional connector + light rail for the PE Corridor. There are tons of possibilities for routes and more insights will be gleaned as the process continues.
Of course, I don't have high hopes for the OC portion of the line to ever become a reality as it would require OC paying for it unless Measure M is somehow amended (can they even do that) or they come up with some other funding.
Sure. I'm interested in it. What Darrell Clark told me on another group is that there are actually FOUR concepts in play here. The first, which is starting to look like a "go" is the Santa Ana "modern streetcar" project which would use the former Pacific Electric right of way from Santa Ana heading northwest but it is not currently planned to extend all the way to the county line.
The measure "R" has some initial funding (very initial) for a future light rail line that would use the former P.E. right of way starting at the L.A./Orange county line and extending northwest to the "Green" line. Third, there has been some preliminary planning done to continue that planned light rail line from the Green Line all the way downtown but there are currently NO funds to do that. If that ever happens they will have to select a new alignment because the ex P.E. right of way from Watts to the area of I-105 has been largely (but evidently not entirely) obliterated. Darrell said that one stretch has had houses built on it, another section a park.
Then finally, if all this ever comes to pass there would still be a gap between the northwest end of the Santa Ana modern streetcar and the light rail line which would begin and the county line. Evidently no one has figured out how to close that gap yet. One would also hope that the Santa Ana modern streetcar will be built with the idea in mind of accommodating future light rail vehicles.