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East San Fernando Valley Light Rail Transit Project
Metro’s plan for better transit includes more rail service in the heart of the San Fernando Valley. The East San Fernando Valley Light Rail Project will improve connections and access to key destinations while connecting transit users to the growing network in the San Fernando Valley.
Location: San Fernando Valley
Phase: Design & Engineering
Type: Better Transit
Forecasted Opening: Between 2028 and 2030
This transit project will use the same rail technology as Metro’s A, C, E and L Lines adding 14 new stations between the G Line (Orange) Van Nuys Station and the Sylmar/San Fernando Metrolink Station. This system for the Valley means better transit with improved quality and service along Van Nuys Bl.
Project at a Glance:
Southern Segment: At-grade alignment, includes 11 new transit stations and Traction Power Substations and a new Maintenance & Storage Facility (MSF).
The MSF will house general administration, operation, and support services. The facility will be equipped to perform inspections, body and heavy repairs, cleaning and washing of Metro’s growing light rail vehicle fleet.
Northern Segment: Metro is conducting a supplemental study to consider design options for the northern 2.5-mile segment, located from San Fernando Rd/Van Nuys Bl to Sylmar/San Fernando Metrolink Station.
All stations will provide safe and convenient customer interfaces and site connectivity, which will reflect Metro’s systemwide state-of-the art design standards.
Metro has completed most of the advanced design for East San Fernando Valley Light Rail Transit Project and released the Progressive Design Build (PDB) procurement documents in summer 2022. Metro anticipates starting pre-construction advance utility relocation late 2022 followed by major construction.
The PDB delivery method was approved by the Metro Board in October 2021. The PDB delivery method brings the contractor and their designer into the project early, to take the design from approximately 30 to 60% to approximately 85% completed, while collaborating with Metro and third parties, and then prices the construction costs.
Metro’s consultant Gannett Fleming, Inc. continues performing field investigation work ahead of the construction of the East San Fernando Valley Light Rail Transit Project. This work includes potholing and trenching along Van Nuys Blvd from Oxnard St to San Fernando Rd during the weekdays, weeknights, and weekends. This work will require lane reductions and occasional short-term street closures. The completion of this work is anticipated in late 2022.
Real estate activities are anticipated to begin Fall 2022/Winter 2023 and are expected to run through 2027.
Anticipated Southern Segment is anticipated start of construction: Mid 2023