Final environmental impact report for project to add Metrolink service to Antelope Valley Line now available

Written by David C. Lester, Editor-in-Chief
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The final report on the environmental impact of the project to add Metrolink service to the Antelope Valley Line is now available. Below is the press release from LA Metro on the report.

“The Antelope Valley Line (AVL) Capacity and Service Improvements Program is a proposed project that aims to improve service frequency and reliability along the 76.6-mile long rail corridor between Lancaster, the Santa Clarita and San Fernando valleys and downtown Los Angeles.

“The project aims to add track to allow more frequent service on the line, as well as speedier service. The goal is to enable regular interval scheduling of 30 minute bi-directional commuter rail service from LA Union Station to the City of Santa Clarita and hourly service to the end of AVL corridor in the City of Lancaster. The existing commuter rail service patterns today ranges from 30 minutes during peak service to up to two hours during off-peak service hours.

“The AVL Final EIR provides corrections and additions to the Draft EIR as well as responses to comments received during the Draft EIR’s public review period that began on July 28, 2021 and ended on September 10, 2021. Responses to comments received during the Draft EIR circulation are provided in Chapter 3.0 Responses to Comments of the Final EIR.

“The Final EIR is available on-line here. A copy of the document will also be on file at the Dorothy Peyton Gray Transportation Library at Metro Headquarters. Please email [email protected] for access.

“The proposed project is exempt from CEQA but Metro has elected to prepare a Draft EIR to provide a clear record of the potential environmental impacts of the project.

“The Metro Board of Directors will consider certification of the Final EIR in compliance with CEQA at their next meeting on Dec. 2. The meeting will be streamed online and you will be able to view here or dial in to listen at 888-251-2949.”

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