Orange County

Willowick on the OC Streetcar route?

WILLOWICK Golf Course is being considered for a potential stop on the OC Streetcar route (OCTA map).

WILLOWICK Golf Course is being considered for a potential stop on the OC Streetcar route (OCTA map).

If you like to take your clubs to the Willowick Golf Course, it may eventually get a little easier to get there. The Orange County Transportation Authority is mulling the design of pickup and dropoff spots for its planned OC Streetcar line linking Garden Grove and Santa Ana, and a new map shows a “potential future stop” right at the golf course, between the Harbor Boulevard/Westminster Avenue stop in Garden Grove and the Fairview Street stop in Santa Ana.

OCTA logoWillowick is owned by the City of Garden Grove but located just across city limits into Santa Ana. The site has often been the source of consideration speculation not just as a golf course but also as possible alternate uses such as an amusement park or a pro soccer stadium.

OC Streetcar in a project on the drawing boards to connect the Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center to Harbor Boulevard. It would circulate in the county civic center and downtown area, then head west along 5th Street before turning northwest along the old Pacific Electric right-of-way.

According to conceptual plans, the streetcar would run at grade except for where it would arch over Westminster Avenue on a new bridge before ending at the new transit center on Harbor Boulevard. Long-term, transit planners are considering extending the line either north along Harbor to the Disneyland Resort area, or northwest along the P.E. path where it could eventually connect to a light rails system in Los Angeles County.

The streetcar line proposal has received considerable funding from the OCTA and the federal government and could be operational by 2020. A public hearing on the design of the stops will be held on Wednesday from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Santa Ana City Corporate Yard, 220 Daisy Ave. For more information, go to http://www.octa.net .

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