Sepulveda Pass Corridor Van Nuys Boulevard Corridor
Huh? Two separate transit projects? The Rapid 761 bus currently travels through both of these corridors. The people suffering on the 405 Freeway don't see themselves as traveling through two separate corridors.
These two separate studies should be combined into one regional corridor study that looks into a light-rail project connecting Sylmar to LAX through the Valley, via the Sepulveda Pass, through the Westside. One only needs to look at the always clogged 405 Freeway to see the potential ridership of this project.
Here are some maps of what that project might look like, as suggested by the Transit Coalition:
Beyond the simple regional benefit of this project, there is another reason for transit advocates, politicians and the business community in the San Fernando Valley to enthusiastically get behind combining these two transit corridors to study a Valley-Westside rail project. The San Fernando Valley just isn't getting its fair share of Metrorail. The San Gabriel Valley will be getting at least two Gold Line light-rail extensions.
Gold Line Foothill Extension Gold Line Eastside Extension
Why this disparity? Because the San Gabriel Valley communities, its politicians, business leaders and transit advocates are enthusiastically lined up to get these extensions. Unfortunately, the San Fernando Valley political structure is not as organized or lined up the same manner.
The real danger here for the San Fernando Valley and the region is that Metro will "go cheap" and build two separate discordant bus projects, one on Van Nuys Blvd. and one through the Sepulveda Pass, leaving and countless people commuting between the Valley and Westside with no viable rail alternative.
The issue of financing a rail project always comes up, as it should. Measure R provides limited money for these two studies. However, Measure R as wonderful as it is should not be considered the end of transit expansion in Los Angeles County. We need to plan beyond Measure R too, and think it terms of financing beyond Measure R.
The east-west Orange Line busway was thwarted in the attempts to create a light-rail project initially because of the actions of a corrupt State Senator and a bunch of NIMBYs. (Note: The Orange Line bridges are safe enough for light-rail should this corridor be converted to light-rail as it should have been built in the first place.)
However, those actions from twenty years ago shouldn't condemn the San Fernando Valley and its stakeholders for having to settle for measly and inadequate bus projects while the rest of Los Angeles County gets the option of possibly expanding and hooking into Metrorail.
So if you commute in, through, to, from the Valley and/or Westside, and want to ride Metrorail somewhere between Sylmar and LAX, now is the time to get busy before you have two separate bus projects dumped on you while Metro gets busy expanding rail elsewhere.
Let Metro know that you want the Sepulved and Van Nuys corridor connected between Sylmar and LAX via RAIL.
firstname.lastname@example.org Renee Berlin, Executive Officer, TDI
email@example.com Walter Davis, Project Manager
firstname.lastname@example.org Metro Board of Directors