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Metro Approves Final San Fernando Valley Light Rail Transit Project

By Secret Los Angeles

Metro Approves Final San Fernando Valley Light Rail Transit Project

The Metro Board gave the East San Fernando Light Rail Project the green light. 

The light rail line in the San Fernando Valley was given the go-ahead by the Metro Board on Thursday, approving the project’s Final Environmental Impact Report which is the last step required by the state’s environmental review process. It’s a huge step towards commencing construction of the railway which will run between the G Line (Orange) Van Nuys Station and the Sylmar/San Fernando Metrolink Station with 14 stations.

The line will serve over 35,000 people a day and will run similar to the bus routes currently running on Van Nuys Boulevard—the second busiest in the Valley. Stations will be strategically located to other metro points to keep connections streamlined. Although, it might still be another 8 years until anyone gets to take a ride on the new trains. Construction is set to commence in 2022 and it’s expected to be completed in time for the 2028 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The Metro Board also approved Metro’s corresponding First/Last Mile Plan, which identifies small improvements that makes it smoother for pedestrians and cyclists to move between stations. This plan would include creating a parallel bike path to replace the existing one on Van Nuys Boulevard, which would be completed by working closely with the city of Los Angeles for the most suitable solution.

The Metro Board also approved Metro’s corresponding First/Last Mile Plan, which identifies small improvements that makes it smoother for pedestrians and cyclists to move between stations. This plan would include creating a parallel bike path to replace the existing one on Van Nuys Boulevard, which would be completed by working closely with the city of Los Angeles for a more harmonious solution.

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