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.