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North San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor

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Proposed Project

Metro is working to meet the growing demand for transit in the northern portion of the San Fernando Valley and to make transit service more accessible, inclusive and responsive to the needs of the diverse communities it serves. The North San Fernando Valley Bus Rapid Transit Project (North SFV BRT) is a proposed new 18-mile Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line that would enhance existing bus service and increase transit system connectivity. The Proposed Project is a new, high-quality bus service between the communities of Chatsworth to the west and North Hollywood to the east. The primary east/west streets for this new service include Nordhoff Street and Roscoe Boulevard and all alternatives include a station connection with California State University, Northridge (CSUN). The proposed bus routes and stations were developed to connect the places where a BRT line would be most successful, help the most riders, and do the best job of taking cars off the road.

High-capacity east-west transit service in the North San Fernando Valley, especially service to CSUN, will ease traffic and meet the growing demand for transit in the San Fernando Valley. A more convenient and faster bus service that is more frequent and reliable, links key activity centers, and improves access to jobs, education, and essential services will contribute to the success of the countywide transit system by adding connectivity to a large population and generating significant new transit trips.

What's Next

In October 2019, the Metro Board received the Final Alternatives Analysis study and approved additional study of the Proposed Project as part of the Environmental Review phase.  The next phase of study will develop additional details for the proposed routes, station location and amenities, street design, and BRT infrastructure including signal priority or other innovative solutions to deliver high-performing transit. Consideration will also be given to enhancing connectivity with other existing or planned transit lines such as the Metro Orange Line, Metro Red Line, future East San Fernando Valley Light Rail Transit , and future North Hollywood to Pasadena BRT .

Complementary Efforts

Another related project happening in the San Fernando Valley is Metro’s NextGen Bus Study which is proposing to redesign the entire Metro bus network with a focus on increasing bus travel speeds, frequency and reliability. NextGen will also facilitate the identification and prioritization of other future segments. The NextGen Bus Study will coordinate and share data with BRT study teams in order to improve bus speeds and maximize Metro’s investment in future corridor segments. This is the first major overhaul in 25 years and it is important that our bus system integrates with all the ways Angelinos travel today, with flexibility built in for the future. The North SFV Project will continue to coordinate closely with the NextGen Bus Study and the City of Los Angeles to ensure that the proposed BRT improvements fit within the future regional bus transit network.

Funding & Timeline

In November 2016, LA County residents approved Measure M, a half-cent sales tax that funds a number of transportation projects/programs. Under this measure, the North SFV BRT Project received $180 million. The North SFV BRT Project is projected to open between fiscal years 2023 - 2025.

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) , is a high-quality bus service that provides faster, more reliable and more convenient service through several key attributes:

  • Enhanced stations with passenger amenities, such as real-time arrival/departure information
  • Dedicated bus lanes that are physically separated from traffic
  • Off-board fare collection and/or all-door boarding
  • Frequent service with limited stops
  • Transit signal priority giving buses more green light time
  • Branded vehicles and stations

BRT is designed to rival the speed, capacity, and comfort of high-quality rail lines . BRT can reduce the number of cars on the road, decrease time spent idling in traffic, and can improve air quality with the use of electric zero-emission vehicles.

BRT helps riders avoid some of the normal delays typically experienced through regular transit service that travels in mixed-flow traffic. BRT also has the potential to increase transit access, improve regional mobility, and ease commute times.

Route Options

Starting at Chatsworth Metro Orange Line Station there are two route options considered.

  1. Using Orange Line right of way south to Nordhoff St (A)
  2. Turning east on Lassen St and continuing south on De Soto Ave (B)

    Both routes continue along Nordhoff St until CSUN. At this point there are two eastward route deviations considered:
  1. Nordhoff Route. The Nordhoff route continues east on Nordhoff St till the 405. There are three options considered for continuing past the 405:
    1. Turning south on Woodley Ave and continuing east along Parthenia St (E)
      1. Turning south on Tobias Ave and continue east along Roscoe (H)
      2. Turning south on Van Nuys Blvd and continue east along Roscoe (I)
    2. Turning south on Haskell Ave and continuing east along Parthenia St (F)
      1. Turning south on Tobias Ave and continue east along Roscoe (H)
      2. Turning south on Van Nuys Blvd and continue east along Roscoe (I)
    3. Turning south on Sepulveda Blvd continuing east along Roscoe Blvd (G)

      The route continues along Roscoe to Laurel Canyon Blvd
  1. Roscoe Route . The Roscoe route has two options considered:
    1. Turning south on Reseda Ave and continues east along Roscoe Blvd to Laurel Canyon Blvd (C)
    2. Turning south on Lindley Ave and continues east along Roscoe Blvd to Laurel Canyon Blvd (D)

At Laurel Canyon Blvd there are two routes being considered to connect with the North Hollywood Station:

  1. South on Laurel Canyon Blvd (J)
    1. Turning east on Chandler Blvd (L)
    2. Turning east on the Orange Line Right-of-way (M)
  2. South on Lankershim Blvd (K)

All routes terminate at the North Hollywood Station.

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