Environmental Review for Light Rail Through The Valley Approved

The B Line subway includes two stops in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, but other than that, commuter rail and buses are the only options for transit. New light rail plans could change that.

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December 7, 2020, 11:00 AM PST

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's (Metro) Board of Directors recently voted to certify the final Environmental Impact Review (EIR) for a light rail route that will run north-south through the San Fernando Valley (The Valley) in Los Angeles, according to an article by Dave Sotero for Metro's The Source.

The planned East San Fernando Light Rail Project would connect the G Line bus rapid transit route (formerly known as the Orange Line) to the Sylmar/San Fernando Metrolink Station, with 14 stations built along the way.

The project would be funded by Measure M locally, along with Prop 1B funding from the state of California, "and could be well-positioned to compete if any federal funding opportunities become available," according to Sotero.

According to Sotero, the EIR approved by the Metro Board includes provisions that will enable the route to be built in segments, starting potentially as early as next year on the first 6.7-mile segment between the G Line in Van Nuys to San Fernando Road in Pacoima.

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