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 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 to study a range of alternatives for a BRT project in the North San Fernando Valley. The purpose of the Alternatives Analysis is to define, screen and recommend project alternatives 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 North SFV BRT study area extends approximately 18 miles and includes the city of Los Angeles neighborhoods of Chatsworth, Northridge, North Hills, Panorama City, Sun Valley, Pacoima, Sylmar and North Hollywood with potential connections to Metrolink at the Chatsworth Station, to Metro Orange/Red Lines at North Hollywood Station, to the East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor Project on Van Nuys Blvd., and to other regional transit lines.
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 Alternatives Analysis. The analysis evaluated mobility, construction, environmental, economic development, cost effectiveness, and public acceptance.
In June 2019, Metro published the project’s Alternative Analysis Report, which recommends alternatives that travel primarily on Nordhoff St. and Roscoe Bl. because they show the highest potential ridership (27,500 to 28,700 boardings per weekday in 2042) and were determined to have the most compatible land uses and accessibility to important destinations. The project also has some design variations which Metro will continue to refine. 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.
Proposed stations have been identified on the Proposed Project map 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. Metro will continue to refine the exact location of the stations through the environmental process.
The North SFV BRT Planning and Environmental Study is evaluating potential BRT alignments and station locations through an Alternatives Analysis to identify a proposed project for the North SFV corridor. Metro anticipates an 18- to 20-mile route will be selected for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) improvements in the Northern San Fernando Valley. Once the project is defined, the proposed project will advance to the environmental phase of the study, pursuant to California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) guidelines. The results of the analysis will be shared in a Draft and Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR). The study will also identify potential opportunities to integrate Transit Oriented Communities (TOC), urban design, green/sustainable infrastructure, First/Last Mile planning and active transportation along the corridor.
The study area includes the communities of Chatsworth, Northridge, North Hills, Panorama City, Sun Valley, Pacoima, Sylmar, North Hollywood and the City of San Fernando, with potential connections to Metrolink at the Chatsworth and Sylmar/San Fernando Stations, to Metro Orange/Red Lines at North Hollywood Station, to the East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor Project on Van Nuys Bl, and to other regional transit lines.
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
Future community meetings will be scheduled after the Metro Board meeting in September. Be sure to sign up for project emails to stay connected.
At the September 26, 2019 Metro Board meeting, the Board will receive the Alternatives Analysis Report and provide direction on advancing a Proposed Project to the next step of environmental review.
Public feedback will be included in Metro’s outreach reports and shared with the Board.
The following figure illustrates where we are in Metro’s Project Development Process—Early Planning. Following Board Action, Metro will initiate the Environmental Review step.
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.