One in a series of posts that will look at projects and programs that would receive funding from the Measure M sales tax ballot measure on the Nov. 8 ballot.
What is it? A project to build a potential rail line or bus rapid transit line on Van Nuys Boulevard between the Orange Line, San Fernando Road and the Sylmar/San Fernando Metrolink station. Van Nuys Boulevard is one of Metro’s busiest bus corridors. The formal name of the project is the East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor; here is the project page on metro.net.
What might the project be? The planning and environmental studies for this project are already underway. Among the project alternatives being studied:
•Bus rapid transit, in which the bus would have its own lane — either along the curb or in the middle of the street — on Van Nuys Boulevard between the Orange Line and San Fernando Road. Buses would run in mixed traffic on San Fernando Road.
•A low floor light rail train or tram that would operate in a dedicated median lane along Van Nuys Boulevard and could operate in mixed flow lanes along San Fernando Road.
•Light rail trains (the type of trains that run on the Blue, Expo, Gold and Green lines) with a potential underground section between Sherman Way and Parthenia Street.
Here are maps of the four transit alternatives:
How much funding from the potential ballot measure for this project? $810 million plus $520 million in funding from other sources (i.e. Prop A, Prop C, Measure R, state and federal, etc.).
When can I ride it? The target ground breaking date is 2021 with completion date scheduled for 2027-29, according to the draft spending plan for the ballot measure.
Will this project link to the planned Sepulveda Pass transit project? Metro is also planning a transit project that would span the Sepulveda Pass between the Orange Line and Purple Line subway in Westwood to be completed in the 2033-35 timeframe. A future phase of that project — also with funding from the ballot measure — would continue to LAX.
Measure M calls for a half-cent sales tax increase and an extension of the existing Measure R sales tax. Please visit theplan.metro.net for more info and use the hashtag #metroplan when discussing on social media. The Metro Board approved sending the ballot measure to county voters at their June 23 meeting.
Other posts on Measure M projects