Garden Grove

Streetcar deal is on Tuesday’s agenda

ARTIST’S RENDERING of a streetcar in Santa Ana (OCTA image).

Despite some concerns about possible political bumps in the road, work toward the OC Streetcar project linking Santa Ana and Garden Grove continues. One example is on Tuesday’s agenda for the Garden Grove City Council.

The city leaders will consider a cooperative agreement with the Orange County Transportation Authority for the construction phase of the streetcar line, a 4.1-mile route from the Santa Ana Civic Center area west to follow streets until it picks up the old Pacific Electric right-of-way. It would terminate at a new transit facility in Garden Grove on Harbor Boulevard north of Westminster Avenue.

The agreement would have Garden Grove providing inspection and reviews on city-owned facilities such as sidewalk, roads and traffic signals and also will cover coordination with OCTA staff. Cost of the agreement – estimated to be at $87,504 – will be reimbursed monthly by the OCTA from the beginning of the agreement to one year after the streetcar is in service.

The budget proposed by the Trump Administration for 2017-18 cuts funding for the Department of Transportation, which was expected to provide a significant portion of the $289 million in construction costs for the streetcar. However, transit officials have expressed confidence that the project will be funded.

The council meets in its regular session at 6:30 p.m. in its chambers in the Community Meeting Center, 11300 Stanford Ave.

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