Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) have selected a 9.2-mile, at grade, light-rail option as the Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) for the East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor.
The light-rail would run in the median of Van Nuys Boulevard from just north of the Van Nuys Metro Orange Line Station for 6.7 miles until the Van Nuys/San Fernando Station where it would transition onto the LACMTA-owned right-of-way, which hosts Antelope Valley Metrolink service.
The recommended LPA includes 14 stations and a light-rail maintenance storage facility.
According to LACMTA’s blog, The Source, “…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.”
Construction of the project is estimated to cost $1.3 billion. Financing will come from the more than $800 million that has been secured from Measures R and M and the more than $200 million from Senate Bill 1. Additionally, the project will receive more than $200 million from the State Transportation Improvement Program.
Once the LPA is approved, a Final Environmental Impact Statement/Report will be completed with ground breaking scheduled in fiscal year 2021-2022 and the project open for service in 2027.