The Industry Line: The Missing Link in the Los Angeles Metro Rail System

A proposal to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority for a north-south light rail or bus rapid transit line connecting the San Gabriel Valley and Gateway Cities.

Executive Summary

Figure 1 showing a 3D satellite view of the ‘Industry Line’. Mapped with Google Earth and Google Maps.

The Region

  • Azusa, pop. 46,361
  • Vincent, pop. 15,922
  • Covina, pop. 47,796
  • West Covina, pop. 106,098
  • Valinda, pop. 22,822
  • South San Jose Hills, pop. 20,551
  • La Puente, pop. 39,816
  • Industry, pop. 219 (daytime pop. over 67,000 [1])
  • Hacienda Heights, pop. 54,038
  • Whittier, pop. 85,331
  • South Whittier, pop. 57,156
  • Santa Fe Springs, pop. 16,223
  • Norwalk, pop. 107,096
  • Citrus, pop. 10,866
  • Rowland Heights, pop. 48,993
  • La Habra Heights, pop. 5,325
  • La Mirada, pop. 48,527
Figure 2 showing the path of the ‘Industry Line’, locations of potential stations, and connections to other lines. Mapped with Google Maps.

The Need for the ‘Industry Line’

Figure 3 showing a satellite view of the path of the ‘Industry Line’. Mapped with Google Maps.

Problems with Existing Public Transportation in the San Gabriel Valley

Figure 4 showing a satellite view of the path of the ‘Industry Line’, locations of potential stations, and connections to other lines. Mapped with Google Earth and Google Maps.

Existing Transportation Options Along the Proposed Route

  • The Azusa Avenue section of the route, from Azusa Downtown Station (Azusa Intermodal Transit Center) to Puente Hills Mall, is identical to the route taken by the Route 280 Foothill Transit bus service and takes 52 minutes [5].
  • The Colima Road section of the route, from Puente Hills Mall to the intersection of Colima Road and Hacienda Boulevard, is identical to the route taken by the Route 185 Foothill Transit bus service and takes 10 minutes [6].
  • The Colima Road section of the route, from the intersection of Colima Road and Hacienda Boulevard to the intersection of Colima Road and Whittier Boulevard, is identical to the route taken by the Route 285 Foothill Transit bus service and takes 11 minutes [7].
  • The Colima Road section of the route, from the intersection of Colima Road and Whittier Boulevard to the intersection of Colima Road and Leffingwell Road, is not served by any bus routes.
  • The Leffingwell Road section of the route, from the intersection of Leffingwell Road and Colima Road to the intersection of Leffingwell Road and Imperial Highway, is not served by any bus routes.
  • The Imperial Highway section of the route, from the intersection of Leffingwell Road and Imperial Highway to Norwalk Santa Fe Springs Metrolink Station, is served by the Route 4 Norwalk Transit bus service and takes 12 minutes [8].

The Route of the ‘Industry Line’

Figure 5 showing a 3D satellite view of the ‘Industry Line’ and locations of potential stations. Mapped with Google Earth and Google Maps. A simplified list of potential stations is provided at the end of this article.
Figure 6 showing an example of how roadways could intersect with the ‘Industry Line’ along Azusa Avenue. Mapped with Google Maps.

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) vs. Light Rail

First/Last Mile Transportation

Integrations with Proposed Extensions to the Metro Rail System

Metro Gold Line Extension to Montclair

Metro Green Line Extension to Norwalk / Santa Fe Springs Metrolink Station

Figure 7 showing transportation options near the ‘Industry Line’ southern terminus. Mapped with Google Maps.

Eastside Transit Corridor Phase Two (ETC2)

Figure 8 showing a potential connection of the ‘Industry Line’ and Metro Gold Line in the future. Mapped with Google Maps.
Figure 9 showing a potential connection of the Metro Gold Line and Metrolink Riverside Line in the future. Mapped with Google Maps.

West Santa Ana Branch (WSAB) Transit Corridor

Further Enhancements: Absorption of Metrolink Lines by LACMTA

Figure 10 showing potential locations of additional stations along the Metrolink Riverside and San Bernardino Lines in the San Gabriel Valley. Mapped with Google Maps.

Conclusion

Potential ‘Industry Line’ Stations from North to South

  • Azusa Downtown (Northern Terminus) – Metro Gold Line Interchange
  • Citrus / Vincent
  • Covina Metrolink San Bernardino Line Interchange
  • West Covina Foothill Transit Silver Streak Interchange
  • Valinda / Galster Wilderness Park
  • Industry Hills Expo Center
  • Industry Metrolink Riverside Line Interchange
  • Rowland Heights / Schabarum Park / Puente Hills Mall
  • Hacienda Heights / Hsi Lai Temple
  • Whittier
  • South Whittier / La Mirada
  • Norwalk / Santa Fe Springs (Southern Terminus) – Metro Green Line, Metrolink Orange County Line, 91 / Perris Valley Line Interchange

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