Transit Extensions to Metrolink

chartsMetrolink rail service provides another convenient travel option for Orange County residents. As more and more people use Metrolink, it is important that passengers have a convenient way to get to their final destination after getting off a train.

Measure M2 Project S, known as Transit Extensions to Metrolink, is providing funding to connect people between a Metrolink station and activity and employment centers throughout the county.

Two types of projects are being funded through Project S: fixed-guideways and bus and station vans.


There are currently two fixed-guideway projects being planned: the Santa Ana/Garden Grove Streetcar and the Anaheim Rapid Connection (ARC). The cities of Santa Ana and Anaheim have each served as lead agency for their respective fixed-guideway projects during the planning process. The projects have both undergone alternatives analysis and are awaiting environmental clearance. OCTA is working closely with the cities to ensure compliance with all state and federal requirements.

Santa Ana/Garden Grove Streetcar

The Santa Ana/Garden Grove Streetcar project is planned to travel along an east-west corridor between the Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center (SARTC) and a new multi-modal transit hub at Harbor Boulevard/Westminster Boulevard in Garden Grove. Click here for map.

In August 2014, the Santa Ana City Council approved Streetcar Alternative 1 on Santa Ana Blvd and 4th St as the locally preferred alternative (LPA) for the project. The proposed streetcar system will extend the reach of Metrolink into the cities of Santa Ana and Garden Grove by providing easy transit access to Santa Ana’s downtown area and civic center, including federal, state and county government offices and courthouses.

The draft environmental document for the streetcar project was released to the public in May 2014 for review and comment. Following extensive public outreach and response to public comments led by the Cities of Santa Ana and Garden Grove, OCTA submitted the environmental assessment/final environmental impact report to the Federal Transit Administration for review and approval. Final environmental clearance is anticipated by early 2015, pending certification from the City of Santa Ana and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).

The completion of project milestones, including the alternatives analysis, draft environmental document, and approval and adoption by the Santa Ana City Council of the LPA was approved by the OCTA Board in September 2014.

OCTA to Become Lead Agency for Santa Ana/Garden Grove Streetcar  

Based upon proposed financial and implementation plans for the Project, the Board approved on August 11, 2014 for OCTA to serve as the lead agency for project development, engineering, construction, operations, and maintenance of the SA/GG Project once the project has been environmentally cleared. The Board also directed that staff pursue Federal New Starts funds for the Project and approved the use of M2 Project S revenues to fund operations and maintenance of future fixed-guideway projects.

For more information or to view the Santa Ana/Garden Grove Streetcar project EA/EIR , please visit the project’s website which is currently being presented by City of the Santa Ana.

Anaheim Rapid Connection (ARC)

The Anaheim Rapid Connection (ARC) is planned to link the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC) Anaheim’s major employment and activity centers including the Platinum Triangle, and the Anaheim Resort and the Anaheim Convention Center.

In October 2012, the city selected an at-grade streetcar system as its locally preferred alternative (LPA).

In July 2013, the OCTA Board approved the completion by the City of Anaheim of two key project milestones: the alternatives analysis and adoption of the LPA by the Anaheim City Council. The Board also approved the City of Anaheim to advance into the next project milestone which is completion of a draft environmental document for its LPA, anticipated for 2015.

Additionally, the Board directed that the development of the ARC LPA provides for compatibility with the proposed Santa Ana/Garden Grove Streetcar project and that OCTA work with the City of Anaheim to develop cost containment strategies to reduce the cost of its LPA.

For more information about the Anaheim Rapid Connection, visit the project's website or call the hotline at (800) 700-1999.


Up to $1 million is available for operating costs annually for local cities to implement bus and station van concepts.

A call for projects was released in March 2012 and two projects were awarded funds for fiscal year 2012/2013. The City of Anaheim was awarded $444,888 for bus purchase and operations and maintenance through fiscal year 2014/2015. In addition, Lake Forest was awarded $60,467 to purchase station vans.

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Project Contact

Alice Rogan
Strategic Communications Manager
(714) 560-5577