A light rail line between the Van Nuys Station (Orange Line’s) and the Sylmar/San Fernando Station (Metrolink) was approved yesterday by the Metro Board of Directors as the “preferred alternative” for the East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor project.
The projected line mostly runs through the center of the Van Nuys Boulevard and along the railroad that is adjacent to San Fernando Road. The project estimates 31 minutes to ride from end to end of the 9.2-mile of light rail, with 14 stations along the line. This project is part of the Twenty Eight by ’28 Plan, which seeks to improve mobility in the Los Angeles area before the 2028 Summer Olympics and Paralympics.
“Metro staff determined that light rail was faster, offered more capacity and would better serve the community in the future than bus rapid transit (BRT), the other type of transit under study for the project”*. This decision was made based on demographic information of the surrounding neighborhoods, as well as the transit dependency of the community. Here is the Metro staff report. Inside the report, you will find the draft environmental report, the public comments, the maps of the line and the maintenance and storage facility, as well as other documents that explain the project in detail.
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*Source: The Source, LA Metro.