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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.