Metro is making strides to improve travel between the San Fernando Valley and the Westside.
Location: San Fernando Valley, Westside Cities
Phase: Environmental Review
Type: Better Transit
Forecasted Opening: 2033-2035 (service to connect the San Fernando Valley and the Westside)
Metro has a plan to make it easier to get around by creating better transit options between the San Fernando Valley and the Westside. The natural barrier created by the Santa Monica Mountains makes traveling between the Valley and the Westside challenging – and will require innovation and multiple solutions. Metro is working to evaluate alternatives for a high-quality, reliable transit service option connecting the San Fernando Valley and the Westside.
Metro has begun the environmental review phase with project scoping starting November 30, 2021 and continuing through February 11, 2022. View the Notice of Preparation (NOP).
The environmental review phase will consist of two components: 1) preparation of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA); and 2) preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement in accordance with the national Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
The environmental review process begins with a public scoping period, during which the public can provide input on the alternatives and inform the issues to be further studied during the development of the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR). Following the end of the public scoping period, the project team will review scoping comments and begin technical analysis of the alternatives. Information from these studies will be published in the Draft EIR, which will be released for public review and comment.
During the environmental review phase, Metro is working with two private-sector teams, LA SkyRail Express and Sepulveda Transit Corridor Partners, under a first-of-its-kind pre-development agreement to develop design for project alternatives.
Metro is beginning the environmental review phase to evaluate the proposed Sepulveda Transit Corridor Project, which looks to provide a high-quality transit service between the Valley and the Westside. As part of the proje...