What is the goal of the Feasibility Study?
The goal of the Sepulveda Transit Corridor Feasibility Study is to identify and evaluate a variety of rail transit concepts that will fill the transit gap between the San Fernando Valley, Westside and LAX, and improve mobility in one of Southern California’s most congested transportation corridors. At the conclusion of the study, a reduced number of alternatives will be recommended for further study during a subsequent environmental review process.
Where will it connect?
While the study is still in the early stages and routes are still subject to refinement, possible connections to existing and planned Metro bus and rail lines include the Orange, Purple and Expo Lines. The goal is to offer a competitive transit option for travel between the San Fernando Valley, the Westside and LAX.
How soon will this project be ready?
The Measure M expenditure plan identifies the opening year for the Valley-Westside section of the Project as 2033 and the opening year for the Westside-LAX section of the Project as 2057. However, under Metro’s 28 by 2028 initiative, the Valley-Westside portion of the project is identified as a candidate for potentially accelerated completion by the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Los Angeles (LA 2028). This project may be expedited through a public-private partnership (P3).
How long will the study take?
The study is expected to take approximately 20 months, with work concluding in Fall 2019. Its findings will be the basis for future project refinement and environmental analysis, beginning in 2020.
What routes and stations is Metro studying for this project?
At the first round of public meetings in June 2018, Metro presented six concepts for the Valley-Westside section. These could connect at the following stations:
- Orange Line: Sepulveda or Van Nuys Station
- Purple Line: Westwood/UCLA or Westwood/VA Station
- Expo Line: Expo/Sepulveda or Expo/Bundy Station
The concepts shown at the meetings can be found here: http://media.metro.net/projects_studies/sfv-405/images/PublicMtg_Boards_sepulveda_transit_corridor_2018-06.pdf
Refined concepts for the Valley-Westside section and initial concepts for the Westside-LAX section will be presented at the next round of public meetings.
Does Metro have a preferred route or stations for this project at this time?
At this time, there is no preferred concept. The current study is intended to identify and evaluate a wide range of rail transit options with the goal of narrowing down the number of transit concepts that will be considered in more detail during the subsequent environmental review phase. We encourage you to provide feedback on the concepts developed to date, as community input is an important part of the evaluation process.
How long would it take to travel between the Valley and the Westside? Which route/concept would be the fastest?
We’re looking at travel times for all of the concepts and will present that information at future meetings, so that travel times for each of the concepts can be compared.
Why are there no above-ground light-rail or heavy-rail options through the Sepulveda Pass?
The main reason is that the route through Sepulveda Pass is too steep. Following the route of I-405 would require the rail alignment to reach a slope of 5% or greater for more than a mile. Metro currently limits its rail lines to a slope of 5% for a maximum distance of 1,000 feet. Passenger comfort, specifically for those standing in the transit vehicles, is another key reason for limiting the slope or steepness of the alignment.
What is the cost of each transit concept?
As part of the current study, we’ll analyze capital and operating costs for each of the transit concepts and will share that information at future community meetings. Some of the transit technologies are new for Metro, so we’re doing some research to develop costs appropriate for the evaluation process.
Will parking be provided at the stations?
Metro understands that parking is an important component of transit access and is considering a number of options for parking availability with the proposed station locations. As part of the community update meetings, information on proposed park & ride locations, along with the number of spaces that may be required, will be shared.
How will cars, bicycles and pedestrians access this future line or stations?
Metro is committed to maximizing access to transit by working with local jurisdictions, community stakeholders and the private sector to support the development of transit-oriented communities (TOCs). TOCs promote equity and sustainable living by offering a mix of uses close to transit to support households at all income levels, as well as building densities, parking policies, urban design elements, and first/last mile facilities that support ridership and reduce auto dependency. We want to make sure that every walker, cyclist and driver is able to access and use transit in their community.
How does this project relate to the I-405 highway widening project?
The I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project was a Caltrans freeway project to add 10 miles of HOV lanes and infrastructure improvements such as ramps, bridges, and soundwalls on the I-405 freeway while widening lanes from the Santa Monica Freeway (I-10) to the Ventura Freeway (US 101). The project we are currently studying is also looking at transportation improvements along this same highway corridor, however this project is focused on developing a high-capacity transit service that is a reliable alternative to driving this area of the I-405.
How does this project relate to the I-405 ExpressLanes project?
The 10-mile HOV lane will make it possible to implement ExpressLanes on the 405 between the I-10 and U.S. 101 freeways. Measure M identifies the I-405 ExpressLanes as the first phase of the Sepulveda Transit Corridor Project and dedicates a portion of the net revenue from the ExpressLanes towards the construction of the Sepulveda Transit Corridor.
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