Community meetings to be held to discuss first/last mile plans for East San Fernando Valley light rail project

Metro is hosting three community events in June to provide updates on the project that will build a light rail line with 14 stations between Van Nuys and the Sylmar-San Fernando Metrolink Station. The formal name of the project is the East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor; here is the project home page.

Earlier this year, Metro’s project team held walk audits in the half-mile area around each of the proposed stations to identify key issues with roads and sidewalks that would be used by riders to reach the stations. The workshops will allow the community to see the ‘pathways’ identified through the walk audits and give everyone a chance to help shape the draft pathway networks plan.

Metro is committed to working with residents, local businesses and grassroots organizations such as Pacoima Beautiful and Safe Moves to make the project as great as possible. The events will be held at the following dates and locations:

Tuesday, June 11, 2019, 6-8 p.m.
Las Palmas Park Banquet Room
505 South Huntington Street, San Fernando, CA 91340

Wednesday, June 12, 2019, 5 – 7 p.m.
Van Nuys State Office Building
6150 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys, CA 91401

Saturday, June 15, 2019, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Plaza Del Valle
8610 Van Nuys Blvd.
, Panorama City, CA 91402


8 replies

  1. Has all possibility extinguished for having this line combine with the Sepulveda Line? Having a transit line “backbone” from the top of the Valley to LAX would simplify matters quite a bit, preventing the need for transfers and delays at the Orange Line Van Nuys station. I would prefer Heavy Rail and have it go aerial somewhere on Van Nuys to save money. If there is no possibility is it mainly money or are there some politics behind it?

    • In theory, the spine concept makes sense. The problem is the expense of heavy rail subway. Metro always seems to rule out above grade HRT. Van Nuys, north of Roscoe does not have the capacity demands to warrant subway construction.

  2. This is a good start, maybe they can add rails to the orange line and let it connect like the new transit corridor does. Also would be a good idea to run a line adjacent to Metrolink since their service is sporadic or could also run as a circle line.

  3. Only five stations between San Fernando Rd. and the Orange Line. This appears to be another token rail line too satisfy a group of constituents while not addressing the overall transit needs of the area. It should at least go as far as Ventura Bl., the major artery thru the valley that is served by one of the two original Rapid Lines. But as usual the amateurs again are showing us their lack of transit experience and knowledge.

    Yes, it will cost more but providing a positive public transit experience that fulfills the needs of the riding public should be paramount. The Orange Line is not a destination but instead a connecting link between the two for those traveling east thru the valley and those traveling to the west and Chatsworth Station.

    • As the map shows and the text states, there will be 14 stations.

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source

    • Geez what is it with people in LA making rail lines slower? 11 of those 14 station are Van Nuys Blvd alone. This is probably only going to be a tad bit fast than the Expo Line at best. If you want more stops, vote for more real estate going towards rail so I can get my express train and not have to sit on a train that makes a stop every 2 min on my 75 min commute.

      • This line will almost certainly be or be connected to the Sepulveda Pass transit line. That will get it down to Ventura (and points south.)