Wednesday July 09, 2003

Alternative parking available near Universal City Metro Red Line Station as well as station access via Metro Buses

MTA will close the overflow park and ride lot adjacent to the North Hollywood Metro Red Line Station at the Northwest corner of Lankershim and Chandler Boulevards effective July 26.

Overflow parking at this lot was always intended to be temporary, and closure of the 198-space parking lot is required for MTA to begin construction of the San Fernando Valley Metro Rapidway, a 14-mile dedicated Metro Rapid busway that will extend Valley rapid bus service from the North Hollywood station to Warner Center in Woodland Hills. The parking lot now stands at the future terminal station and bus turnaround of the rapidway, which is scheduled to open in 2005.

Patrons currently parking at this lot will be able to park at a larger, 325-space county park and ride lot near the Universal City Metro Red Line Station at the corner of Ventura Boulevard and the Campo de Cahuenga freeway overpass. There is then a short three-minute walk on sidewalks over the overpass bridge to reach the Universal City Metro Red Line Station. Patrons interested in parking at this location can obtain additional information by calling MTA at (213) 922-4444.

Alternately, patrons wishing to continue using the North Hollywood Metro Red Line station without driving may utilize Metro Bus lines 152, 154, 156, 166 and 426 to reach the station.

MTA continues to work with the City of Los Angeles to explore additional parking for Metro Red Line commuters in North Hollywood. There are currently 1,100 parking spaces in the main parking lot. When open in 2005, the San Fernando Valley Metro Rapidway will provide an additional 3,300 parking spaces at five stations between North Hollywood and Woodland Hills.

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