Virtual scoping meetings to be held for project to add more frequent service on Metrolink’s Antelope Valley Line

UPDATE, OCT. 23: 

To ensure greater participation from the public during the scoping phase, Metro has scheduled an additional scoping meeting on Thursday, November 5, 2020, to accept both written and oral comments on the scope of the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the project.

In addition, Metro has extended the deadline to receive public comments on the scope of the DEIR through Monday, November 16, 2020. Metro has released an Updated Notice of Preparation (NOP) to reflect these recent changes.

The updated meeting information for the upcoming scoping meeting is listed below:

Thursday, November 5
6 pm – 7 pm

Presentation begins 6 pm
Oral comments begin at 6:30 pm

Meeting Link: bit.ly/avlnov5
Call-in Numbers: 833.548.0282 (Toll Free) or 669.900.9128
Meeting ID: 926 1292 2824

In compliance with local and state social distancing directives, the scoping meeting will take place virtually.

Spanish translations will be provided at the virtual scoping meeting

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Metro invites the public to participate on Thursday, October 15, and Saturday, October 17, in virtual public scoping meetings for the Antelope Valley Line (AVL) Capacity and Service Improvements Program in preparation for a draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) as part of the CEQA environmental review.

At the meetings the public will learn how proposed Antelope Valley Line capital improvements could improve service frequency between Los Angeles Union Station and the Santa Clarita Valley to as often as every 30 minutes and every 60 minutes to the Antelope Valley. The project will provide a more reliable commuter rail service to meet mobility needs of residents, employees, and visitors throughout the region.

The three key capital improvements proposed along the rail line’s corridor in the cities of Santa Clarita, Los Angeles and Lancaster will be discussed.

The scope of the project, including the goals and objectives, project area, project description, and the environmental impacts to be evaluated will be presented at the scoping meetings. The public can attend either of the meetings since the content of both meetings will be the same.

The 76-mile Antelope Valley Line extends from Los Angeles Union Station in and terminates in Lancaster with stations in the cities and communities of Los Angeles, Glendale, Burbank, Sun Valley, Sylmar, San Fernando, Newhall, Santa Clarita, Acton, Palmdale, Lancaster and unincorporated Los Angeles County. Metro is one of five county transportation agencies in Southern California that fund Metrolink.

The public can present oral and/or written comments at the scoping meetings, or in advance through Saturday, October 31, 2020. You can write or mail your comments to Brian Balderrama, Senior Director, Metro, One Gateway Plaza, Mail Stop 99-17-2, Los Angeles, CA 90012, or email avl@metro.net or call the project information line directly at (213) 922-4844.

Spanish and Armenian interpreters and/or Spanish/Armenian-speaking staff will be available at the scoping meetings. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodations and other translation requests can be made by calling (213) 922-4844 at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting or California Relay Service at 711.

For more details about this project, please visit: https://www.metro.net/projects/avl/

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