A maglev train through South Gate
Yes, you read right. Last night, I was checking out the Metro 2008 Draft Long Range Transportation Plan (website here, download here [PDF]) and I found something that made me do a double-take. On page 35, there is a graph describing high priority regional projects. One of the current ones is a maglev train connecting Downtown Los Angeles and Santa Ana that would run through South Gate. Yup, through South Gate, directly connecting one of its busiest intersections (Firestone/Atlantic) directly with Downtown L.A. and Santa Ana.
Though it is a long-range and currently unfunded project, I want it built BADLY because it would directly join South Gate with Downtown L.A. (no need to take the Blue Line if I don’t want to) and Santa Ana. Also, at the corner of Atlantic and Firestone a shopping center will be built soon, the Gateway and it would serve to bring even more people to the shopping center and without the need to drive.
I created a map of the proposed project all the way to Downtown Santa Ana (the graphic says it will end in Western Santa Ana) based on the alignment presented in the image above. Once in Orange County, I followed the right of way. The right of way used once the maglev heads southeast out of Hollydale is the old Pacific Electric right of way.
I am ecstatic to see the day when I can leave my house in South Gate and go to Downtown L.A. without a bus. Let’s start building many train projects, not only in the county, but in the state. High speed trains, more commuter trains, subways, light rail in dedicated routes, a train to Las Vegas, let’s build it all. With rising gas prices, this is one of the best ways to alleviate the pressure.