Metro is making strides to improve the travel between the San Fernando Valley and the Westside of Los Angeles. We are beginning a study to identify and evaluate a range of high-capacity transit concepts to serve this challenging 11-mile corridor and that possibly connect the Metro Orange Line in the north with the Metro Purple Line and/or the Metro Expo Line in the south. A number of alignments and station locations will be considered.
Bisected by the Santa Monica Mountains, the I-405 Freeway is ranked as one of the most traveled urban highways in the nation. This section of the freeway accommodates approximately 300,000 vehicles per day. According to the Federal Highway Administration, that number is expected to grow by nearly 50 percent to 447,000 by 2025.
Metro will evaluate transit modes such as bus rapid transit, light rail, and subway. The study is expected to take approximately 14 months to complete.
Metro’s study will also coordinate with the ongoing ExpressLanes study now being conducted by the agency’s Congestion Reduction Department. This project — also with funding from Measure M — would build toll lanes on the 405 between the 101 and 10 freeways.
The Project is part of the Measure M expenditure plan, broken down into three phases, with approximately $9.7 billion in total funding. The Measure M plan identifies opening date for Phases 1 and 2 as Fiscal Years (FY) 2026 and 2033 respectively. The Phase 3 opening date is not expected until FY 2057.
In November 2012, Metro completed a ‘systems planning’ study that defined broad concepts and financial strategies for possible highway and transit options for a 30-mile corridor between Sylmar and the Los Angeles International Airport. That study ultimately found there is a strong potential for transit improvements specifically in the Sepulveda Pass Corridor between the Metro Orange Line and the Metro Expo Line. Between 60 and 80 percent of daily transit boardings for the full 30-mile corridor were forecasted to occur at stations within this segment.