Orange County residents who love public transit–yes, some of these people do exist–talk fondly of Southern California's train-taking heritage. There was a time when the Pacific Electric “Red Car” rail system connected OC to LA to the Inland Empire and beyond; getting around without a horseless buggy back then was relatively cheap and easy.
The Red Cars were ripped out long ago. Now, though, there's talk of what to do with the land around the routes they once took.
The Southern California Association of Governments (“SCAG”) is looking at potential uses for the right-of-ways that the Pacific Electric cars once used. Right now, the focus is on a route that connects Santa Ana to the City of Paramount in Los Angeles County.