It's taken longer and costs more than originally expected, but work continues to progress for the OC Streetcar in Santa Ana.

A new flyover video posted to YouTube by OCTA showcases the current state of the more than $500-million project, which spans 4.15 miles between Santa Ana and Garden Grove on a former right-of-way used by the Pacific Electric Railway, as well as city streets. The end destinations include the intersection of Harbor Boulevard and Westminster Avenue in the west and at the Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center in the east.

According to an official project website, the OC Streetcar will run every 10-to-15 minutes, making 10 stops in each direction. Each streetcar vehicle has capacity for up to 180 passengers.

Map of the OC Streetcar systemOCTA

As with many large transportation projects in recent years, the streetcar has been plagued by delays and cost overruns. Previously slated to open in 2022 when last checked in in 2020, the debut date has now been pushed back to 2025. Likewise, the cost of the project has swelled by more than $100 million, which is covered by new state funding issued last year.

Even though the project has faced delays, it has still helped to spur development along its route. New projects such as the 218-unit Rafferty apartments from Toll Brothers sit directly along the streetcar route.

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