Los Angeles Streetcar

FASTLinkDTLA in 2020 is launching the “Decade of Downtown” – a decade of unprecedented growth that necessitates a framework for a network of fixed transportation, electrification, and streetscape infrastructure investments. Within this framework, a modern streetcar system is a high-capacity mobility “backbone,” uniquely accessible to riders of all ages and abilities, that signifies safety, clean mobility and links to all other forms of transit and active transportation.   

Los Angeles Streetcar, Inc. (LASI) is the non-profit charged with fundraising and stakeholder and technical development for a new modern streetcar project in Downtown Los Angeles. The LA Streetcar project is a state-of-the-art application of clean mobility technology that is a flagship for a broader zero-emissions electrification strategy in Los Angeles, and the cornerstone of a more livable, connected downtown for residents, commuters, and visitors. 

The 3.8-mile circulator knits together the Financial District, Civic Center, and Grand Park with Historic Broadway, the Fashion District, South Park, Convention Center, Staples Center, and LA Live. The project leverages the region’s rail and bus system, bridging the gaps in downtown’s existing public transportation system and driving investments in both public infrastructure and private development along the corridor.

The project includes LA Metro Measures R and M funding as well as a Community Financing District approved by downtown voters in 2012. Project partners include the City of Los Angeles, Council District 14, LA Metro and the Federal Transit Administration. Project CEQA state environmental documentation was certified in 2017 and the NEPA federal environmental Finding of No Significant Impact received in 2019.

LASI is repositioning the project and the idea of a multi-phase streetcar system as an integral piece of the many exciting plans for transportation and infrastructure around downtown Los Angeles. Conversations today include:

  • A focus on mobility electrification and “growing the grid” in and around downtown,
  • The City of LA’s “DTLA 2040” update of the downtown community plan with streetcar as a cornerstone mobility option to support DTLA’s new and existing housing and commercial development,
  • Analysis of funding and public-private partnership opportunities to help deliver the project sooner, and
  • Assessment of technology options to ensure that our project benefits from significant advancements that have come to market in the past few years.
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