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Refined Alternatives

Alternatives

The study team has refined the alternatives that will be studied in-depth as part of the Draft EIS/EIR. The six alternatives being evaluated are:

1. No Build

No new projects other than what is already funded and scheduled to be in operation through 2040.

2. Transportation Systems Management

Lower-cost street improvements such as minor intersection widenings, street restriping, bus operations enhancements, signal prioritization, optimization and synchronization.

3. Curb Running, Bus Rapid Transit

  • Similar to the Wilshire BRT
  • Exclusive 6.7 miles of bus lanes on Van Nuys Bl between Metro Orange Line and San Fernando Rd
  • Mixed-flow bus service at all times south of Metro Orange Line and north along San Fernando Rd to the Sylmar/San Fernando Metrolink Station
  • Up to 75 passengers per bus
    • Typical stop spacing:
    • One mile for Rapid bus
    • Half mile for Local bus 18 bus stop
  • Can share existing maintenance facilities

This alternative was reintroduced as it may achieve much of the project’s Purpose and Need with fewer impacts than some of the other alternatives

4. Median-Running Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)

  • Similar to Metro Orange Line
  • Buses operate in 6.7 miles of “bus-only” lanes in center of Van Nuys Bl between Metro Orange Line and San Fernando Rd
  • Mixed flow bus service provided south of Metro Orange Line and north along San Fernando Rd to the Sylmar/San Fernando Metrolink Station Requires removal of curb parking in most locations
  • Up to 75 seated passengers per bus
  • Station platforms constructed in the  median at approximate half-mile intervals:
    • Approximately 17 bus stations
  • Can share existing maintenance facilities

5. Median Running Tram

  • Similar to surface-running rail systems in San Diego, San Francisco, and Portland
  • Could use modern streetcar/tram systems being implemented in Europe and other parts of the world
  • Electrical power supplied by overhead wire
  • 6.7 miles of street-running, semi-dedicated rail in the median of Van Nuys Bl between Metro Orange Line and San Fernando Rd
  • Mixed-flow tram service would continue north of Van Nuys Bl along San Fernando Rd to the Sylmar/San Fernando Metrolink Station
  • Would replace existing Metro Local and Rapid Bus Service
  • Up to 250 seated passengers per tram car
  • Operates at prevailing traffic speeds controlled by traffic lights
  • Station platforms constructed in the median at approximate quarter-mile intervals
    • Approximately 27-28 stations
  • Requires new rail maintenance facility

6. Median-Running Light Rail Transit (LRT)

  • Similar to other Metro LRT lines (Blue, Green, Gold, Expo)
    • Operates mostly at-grade in center median of Van Nuys Bl between Metro Orange Line and San Fernando Rd
    • Operates 1.5 miles below ground between Vanowen St and Roscoe Bl
  • Metro local bus service continues to operate in this section
  • Feeder bus service operates south of Metro Orange Line and north along San Fernando Rd to the Sylmar/San Fernando Metrolink
  • Station Requires overhead electrical power
  • Stations approximately one mile apart
    • Approximately 14 stations
  • Up to 335 passengers per two-car train
  • Requires new rail maintenance facility

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