Washington Boulevard Light Rail Corridor Plan

This SCAG Compass Blueprint project demonstrated the advantages of the Washington Boulevard alignment of the Metro Gold Line light-rail extension over the alternative—it was economically superior and coalition cities were ready to support it—despite the challenge posed by streets of limited width and lined with buildings in a built-out urban area.

To assess the benefits and impacts of the alignment, PlaceWorks’ detailed baseline corridor analysis summarized existing land uses and plans, assessed transit connections and ridership, and included a detailed market study of the corridor and station areas. After identifying stations for further analysis, PlaceWorks developed prototypes for the selected sites and provided policy and design recommendations and specific strategies to facilitate implementation.