Pacific Electric Corridor Right-of-Way / Santa Ana Branch Study
Starting in March 2010, the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), in coordination with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) and the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), began an analysis of the Pacific Electric Right-of-Way/West Santa Ana Branch Corridor. The corridor is a railroad right-of-way that extends for approximately 20 miles between the Cities of Paramount and Santa Ana. The railroad corridor was once part of the Pacific Electric Red Car system that provided mass transit service to Southern California from 1901 to 1961. Much of the corridor has been abandoned and is not currently used for transit purposes. In La Palma, this corridor runs along the southern border of the community.
SCAG's analysis examined transit service along the corridor to provide additional travel options between Los Angeles and Orange Counties, reduce congestion on nearby streets and freeways, and provide adjacent communities with access to the regional transit network.
The City of La Palma actively participated in the Pacific Electric Right-of-Way Alternative Analysis with a Councilmember appointed to the Steering Committee and a Community Development Director assigned to the Technical Advisory Committee. Overall, the City is supportive of regional transportation alternatives as long as they do not impact or interfere with the quality of life within the City of La Palma.
The City Council has previously adopted Resolutions stating opposition to any development of the former Pacific-Electric Right-of-Way, where it abuts the City's jurisdictional boundaries, for transit or transportation purposes. The resolutions are Resolution 2009-26 adopted on June 2, 2009, Resolution 2007-08 adopted on March 6, 2007, and Resolution 2005-17 adopted on April 5, 2005.