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 (BRT) Project is a proposed new 18-mile BRT line that would enhance existing bus service and increase transit system connectivity. The Project seeks to provide a convenient, more attractive service that includes more frequent and reliable bus service and improved travel times, links key activity centers and improves access to jobs, education, essential services and the regional transit system.
What We’re Studying
Metro conducted an Alternatives Analysis from Fall 2018 – June 2019 to study a range of alternatives for a BRT project in the North San Fernando Valley. The purpose of the Alternatives Analysis (AA) is to identify, evaluate, and screen or narrow down the number of alternatives that are to be studied as part of the environmental review phase in order to environmentally clear the project following California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) guidelines.
The AA focused on alternatives for a premium east-west BRT service to link key activity centers, jobs, education, and essential services in the North San Fernando Valley to the regional transit system. Three project options were presented to the community beginning in September 2018 . After public input and technical analysis, those three options were expanded to seven potential routes which were evaluated in the AA. The proposed bus routes and stations were developed to connect the places where a BRT line could be most successful, help the most riders and do the best job of taking cars off the road.
Metro published the results of the AA in June 2019. The highest-performing alternatives identified in the AA travel primarily on Nordhoff Street and Roscoe Boulevard for the majority of east-west travel. The alternatives link activity centers along Nordhoff Street in the western portion of the study area, access more transit-supportive land uses in the center portion of the alignment and use a portion of Roscoe Boulevard east of the I-405 Freeway to link up with concentrated activity centers in the east. All alternatives could use Laurel Canyon or Lankershim Boulevard to access North Hollywood and the Metro Red/Orange Line station.
Project ridership is estimated to be between 27,500 to 28,700 boardings per weekday in 2042. It is important to note that analysis, results, and inputs will continue to be refined as project development continues. The Project also includes design variations (or alternate routes) which Metro will review further during the environmental phase. Proposed stations have been identified along the proposed routes next to key activity areas and areas of interest. Most stations are about a mile apart to balance accessibility and efficiency to keep the system running fast.
A key finding of the AA is that terminating in North Hollywood better meets the project purpose and need than terminating in Sylmar/San Fernando. This is because operating the BRT to North Hollywood allows the line to complement, rather than compete, with the future ESFV light rail line to increase the overall accessibility of the transit network to more areas. The AA also identified CSUN and Panorama City as key origins and destinations in the San Fernando Valley that have the potential to contribute significant ridership to the Proposed Project.
Metro recently conducted informational open-houses for the North San Fernando Valley BRT project in Summer 2019:
Thursday, August 8, 5:30–7:30pm
Laurel Hall School, Cafeteria
11919 Oxnard St, North Hollywood 91606
Saturday, August 10, 11am–1pm
Plaza Del Valle Community Room
8610 Van Nuys Bl, Panorama City 91402
Monday, August 12, 6–8pm
CSUN Orange Grove Bistro
18111 Nordhoff St, Northridge 91325
Information boards presented at this meeting:
Metro held five community meetings during the Alternatives Analysis study in September 2018:
Thursday, September 20, 2018
6 – 8 pm
Congregational Church of Northridge
9659 Balboa Boulevard
Northridge, CA 91325
Saturday, September 22, 2018
10am – 12 pm
Sepulveda Recreation Center
8825 Kester Avenue
Panorama City, CA 91402
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
6 – 8 pm
Our Community Charter School
10045 Jumilla Avenue
Chatsworth, CA 91311
Thursday, September 27, 2018
6 – 8 pm
San Fernando Aquatic Center - Banquet Hall
300 Park Avenue
San Fernando, CA 91340
Saturday, September 29, 2018
10 am – noon
East Valley High School Auditorium
5525 Vineland Avenue
North Hollywood, CA 91601
The North SFV BRT is scheduled for action at the Metro Board of Directors meeting on October 24, 2019.
The Board meeting will be held at 10:00 a.m. at the Metro headquarters located at One Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles 90012 in the third floor Board room. All Board meetings are open to the public. Watch the Board meeting live in English and in Spanish.
This Board report includes information on the start of the environmental review phase, a recap of the outreach activities conducted in Summer 2019 and a summary of the approximately 4,400 comments received as of September 23, 2019. The broad stakeholder participation in this outreach reflects the high level of interest in this project.
The Board meeting agenda, North SFV Project Board report and its attachments will be posted to the Board website no later than 72 hours prior to the start of the meeting.
The North SFV BRT Project was previously presented to the Metro Board Planning and Programming Committee on June 19, 2019, so the Project will not be returning to Committee in October 2019.
The following figure illustrates where we are in Metro’s Project Development Process—Early Planning.
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.