Construction on the popular Metro Orange Line began in June that will add four extra miles of dedicated busway and more service to patrons living and working in San Fernando Valley.
The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by local city, county and transportation officials at the Chatsworth Metrolink Station.
“The extension to Chatsworth will build on the success that has made the Metro Orange Line one of the most renowned busway projects in the nation,” said L.A. County Supervisor and Metro Board Member Zev Yaroslavsky, a long-time proponent of the Orange Line Extension project.
“We’ve already proven that you can create a premium rapid bus service that is both affordable and flexible enough to serve the growing needs of today’s transit riders. Now even more commuters stand to benefit from connections with the Valley’s best short-cut,” Yaroslavsky said.
The extension project is one of the first Measure R-funded projects to begin construction. The extension will begin at the Canoga Park terminus and end at the Chatsworth Metrolink/Amtrak Station.
Four new stations will be added along the way, including Sherman Way, Roscoe, Nordhoff and the Chatsworth Metrolink station. The extension project also features landscaping, a new 207-space Park & Ride facility at the Sherman Way Station and a bike/pedestrian path adjacent to the busway.
The new Metro Orange Line Extension will offer faster travel times, improved bus connections, and provide better access to destinations throughout Los Angeles County.
“Providing commuters with efficient transit options helps the entire community,” said Los Angeles City Councilman Dennis P. Zine, “The busway is going to move people more effectively between their residences, work places, schools, and shopping centers. The expansion of the Orange Line is going to benefit the northern part of the San Fernando Valley.”