Santa Ana-Garden Grove Streetcar Project
By: Mayor Miguel Pulido
Located in the center of Orange County, California, Santa Ana is the county seat and the fifth most densely populated city in the United States with a population of 300,000 or more. The streetcar will serve the historic downtown of our thriving, energetic city which includes government offices, federal, state and local courthouses, unique restaurants and shops, an artists’ village, several colleges, and a variety of community enrichment organizations. The selected alignment will travel along Santa Ana Boulevard and 4th Street. On the way to Garden Grove’s busy international West tourist corridor along Harbor Boulevard, the streetcar will connect directly with 18 Orange County Transportation Agency (OCTA) bus routes, including the seven busiest routes in the county.
The 4.15 mile locally preferred alternative will provide convenient “last mile” transit connectivity between the Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center (SARTC), which provides regional rail, OCTA bus, and intercity and international bus service, through Santa Ana’s central business district and Civic Center, and northwest on the disused former path on Harbor Boulevard. It will also serve as a circulator for visitors, employees and residents within the service area and support economic development and job creation. While the project is significantly funded through Measure M, Orange County’s half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements, OCTA is also pursuing other funding including Federal Transit Administration New Starts.