photo of red streetcar: A streetcar runs on an exclusive guideway, is electrically powered through a single overhead wire, and typically can hold 50 people seated or 100 people standing.


The Streetcar Project

More than 75 cities around the country are evaluating, planning or constructing streetcar systems because they promote growth and economic development in a variety of ways. The cities of Santa Ana and Garden Grove in cooperation with the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) are proposing to build a streetcar transportatation system between the Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center (SARTC) and a new transportation center in Garden Grove. The system would provide transit service for commuters traveling from the train station to employment and activity centers in the heart of Orange County and to residents and visitors wanting to circulate throughout the area.

The streetcar project would service Santa Ana’s historic downtown which includes government offices, federal, state and local courthouses, unique businesses, an artists’ village, several colleges, and a variety of organizations that cater to the community’s needs. 

Why is it being proposed?

• Streets and freeways are congested.
• Better connections to Metrolink and Amtrak rail services are needed.
• Improved solutions for meeting the needs of the transit-dependent are needed.
• Alternatives to traveling by automobile enrich the community.
• It would provide a safe, convenient and reliable public transportation option.
• Streetcar systems spur economic development and create jobs.
• Modern streetcars systems are a green, healthy technology enhances community livability.

The streetcars will run along an exclusive guideway or path on rails that are embedded in the pavement.  They would be electrically powered through a single overhead wire and would hold up to 50 people seated or 100 people standing.  The streetcars would run every 10 to 15 minutes from approximately 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.  Stations/stops would be located 1/4 to 1/2 mile apart.

graphic with photo of streetcar - Where would the streeetcar go?

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