A press event featuring U.S. Senator Alex Padilla to highlight federal funding for Metro’s upcoming light rail project between Van Nuys and the San Fernando/Sylmar Metrolink Station was held Tuesday in Van Nuys. Video of the event is above.
Formally known as the East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor, the light rail line is prepping for the construction stage. Here’s the project homepage on metro.net and check out the project map and renderings below. The light rail line will serve as a link between Metro’s busiest bus corridor in the Valley, Metro’s G (Orange) Line busway, two Metrolink lines and Metro’s future Sepulveda Transit Corridor that will connect the San Fernando Valley to the Westside and, eventually, Los Angeles International Airport.
Metro Vice Chair Ara Najarian, at right, kicked off the event, which also included L.A. City Council Member and Metro Board Member Paul Krekorian. “Our agency is aggressively moving forward with this smartly designed and innovative project that will bring a better quality of life to all the residents of the San Fernando Valley,” said Najarian, who also pointed out that a recent change in federal policy will make it easier to hire local Valley residents to help build the rail line.
Sen. Padilla worked with Metro and our local Congressional delegation to help secure $5 million in funding for the light rail line. Also highlighted during the event was President Biden’s proposal to provide $250 million for the project in Fiscal Year 2023 via the Federal Transit Administration’s Expedited Project Delivery (EPD) Pilot Program.
Here is a project map and some renderings of the project: