FAQ and Project Info

When will the streetcar project be completed and ready for revenue service?

According to the schedule approved in March 2017, streetcar construction is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2021, with revenue service starting in third quarter of 2021.   

What route will the streetcar take through downtown?

The streetcar would run within existing traffic lanes and would extend from 1st Street on the north to 11th Street on the south. The streetcar would run along 1st Street, Broadway, 11th Street, Figueroa Street, 7th Street, and Hill Street.  Additionally, there is an option to include an extension along Grand Avenue.

How many people will ride the streetcar?

At this time, ridership modeling estimates approximately 4,200 to 5,900 riders per day in 2020, depending on the alignment selected and average traveling speed of the streetcar. Ridership is forecasted to grow to between 5,400 and 7,800 riders a day by 2040.

How fast will the streetcar go?

The City engaged in a speed improvement analysis that identified a number of bottlenecks in the streetcar alignment(s), and strategies to resolve them. At this time, based on the traffic modeling speed study simulation, the streetcar is anticipated to travel at approximately 6 MPH during the PM peak, and faster at all other times of day when traffic congestion is less severe.

How much will the streetcar project cost and what are the funding sources?

A 2017 independent cost estimate anticipates a total project cost of $290.7 million including finance charges or $274.2 million excluding finance charges.  The streetcar currently has dedicated capital funding from a local Community Facilities District (CFD) and 30 years of operational funding approved by City Council. The City is seeking additional funding through the Federal Small Starts Grant program, Metro’s Measure M, and public-private partnership (P3) opportunities. Learn more at the Cost Estimates and Funding page.

How much will it cost to ride the streetcar?

A fare amount for the streetcar hasn't yet been decided. As engineering progresses and an operating plan is further developed, selecting an appropriate fare level will be a key consideration. Local fares for transit currently range from $0.50 (DASH) to $1.75 (Metro) per ride.

When will a design firm be selected?

The engineering firm Mott MacDonald was selected in December 2015 to perform preliminary (30%) design for the streetcar project. The preliminary design was completed in the spring of 2017. The Request for Proposal for final (100%) design is anticipated to be complete in Fall 2017. 

When will the final design be completed?

According to the schedule approved in March 2017, final design will be completed in the 4th quarter of 2018.

When will utility relocation work begin?

According to the schedule approved in March 2017, streetcar construction is expected to commence in the first quarter of 2019. Public utility relocation is expected to begin shortly after the start of construction. Private utility relocation could potentially occur prior to the start of construction.