Scoping report released ahead of Sepulveda Transit Corridor community update meeting

The Sepulveda Transit Corridor project is hosting a virtual community meeting to provide an update on the project’s recently completed public scoping period.

Metro last fall began the environmental phase for the project, which will build a heavy rail line or monorail between the San Fernando Valley and the Westside. A second phase will eventually be built to LAX. The project web page is here

The meeting will also provide an update on the status of the environmental study and next steps as the project continues to advance technical studies for the project’s Draft Environmental Impact Report.

Meeting details:

Thursday, June 16, 2022, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Registration: https://bit.ly/SepuvedaTransitUpdate  

Telephone: (213) 338-8477  

Webinar ID: 870 2914 9139  

Passcode: 039512 
Spanish translation provided 

Some helpful background:

Metro has released a Scoping Summary Report which provides more information about feedback received from the public during the project’s recent scoping period.

Metro solicited public comments from November 30, 2021, to February 11, 2022, on the project’s six alternatives being studied and issues that Metro should consider during the environmental review. This was just the first step in a multi-year environmental review process. Please see this Source post for more details on the six alternatives to be studied.  

We know that many people have questions about other aspects of the project, including costs, property acquisitions and when key decisions will be made by the Metro Board of Directors. Please see this extensive Frequently Asked Questions. A new tunneling fact sheet is also now available.  

The project is funded in part by Measure M, the transportation sales tax approved by 71 percent of L.A. County voters in 2016. The Measure M funding plan includes $5.7 billion for the Valley-Westside segment and $3.8 billion for the Westside-LAX segment. 

10 replies

  1. I hope something happened to the monorail swindle I mean proposal such that it can’t move forward.

    • As long as Metro board members are in charge, the monorail will never go away. 13 board members with no background or knowledge of public transit have complete control over this, and they simply ignore all the knowledge of transit experts at Metro (and worldwide) that already know why a monorail would never work for this corridor. Because they’re being fed lies by Chinese companies like BYD that promise high speed monorails to any politician who will listen, even though they have yet to open one real world example, even in China!

  2. The monorail would be crushing to providing the transit Angelenos deserve; we can learn from the mistakes of the past and not repeat them – both in terms of what makes for more ridership, station locations, and how standing up to obstinate wealthy landowners in the short term has long term dividends for all the people of Los Angeles – especially those who rely on transit most. I hope Metro goes with the subterranean heavy rail option!

    Thank you metro for all you do 👍🏽

  3. Hey Metro, can you say “pay to win?”

    We all know now why the monorail option is still on the table. We also know that it will be just as expensive as Heavy Rail in the long run, but less effective.

    You finally have an RAIL project with the potential for real change for the agency for the better and you are really wanna throw that away to provide a pay to win option to a bait and switch proposal?

    Don’t EVER rely on LA county to fund your toys ever again if you go with the monorail option.

  4. Two options on the table: a globally tried and tested heavy rail option and an experimental swindle successfully used nowhere in the world. The first option has stations in places where people go, like the UCLA campus. The second one is in a highway median. The heavy rail is more “expensive”, but we already know that the price tag is more-or-less accurate due to past experience. The monorail hasn’t been built at this scale anywhere in the world, and no one knows what to expect. Price tags for these types of projects tend to quintuple or more.

    All of Metro’s planners want to go with heavy rail. Why the heck is the board still considering the monorail option? This is ridiculous.

    • “All of Metro’s planners want to go with heavy rail. Why the heck is the board still considering the monorail option? This is ridiculous.“

      Oh there’s a reason why, but for sure I’ll get censored if I say it. Just think “pay to win,” and it’ll all make sense.

      Either Heavy Rail or nothing at all.

  5. Everyone needs to spread the word and chime in whenever possible against monorail. It doesn’t feel like it does anything, but at least it will keep board members’ feet to the fire. Because at the end of the day of you don’t make noise the NIMBYs in Beverly Hills will!

    • You know what, for once the Beverly Hills and Bel-Air NIMBYS may actually do us good here. There’s no way they would ever agree to such an eyesore going through their neighborhood even if it is on a freeway median.

  6. hi steve. sepulveda lax line 40 billion dallor line . no las vegas and disneyland tipe monorail yes heavy rail extension to the 6 flags magit mountain . about tunnel digging your team talk to dr. lucy jones to get ok from her.

    • Hi Terrance;

      The cost of Sepulveda project has not yet been determined — planning work is still underway to determine what we’re going to build!

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source