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.
The scoping period closed on February 11, 2022. There will be additional opportunities for input as the environmental process moves forward. Metro is also planning to report back on the scoping findings later this Spring/Summer. Sign-up below to stay up-to-date on the latest news.
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 began with the scoping period, which occurred between November 30, 2021 and February 11, 2022. Metro received input from nearly 3,100 individuals, organizations and institutions during the scoping period. Metro is currently reviewing and organizing comments. They have been shared with the technical and Pre-Development Agreement (PDA) teams working to refine the alternatives. The environmental document will be prepared as a Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Metro is leading a robust stakeholder engagement program with the goal of building an inclusive vision that balances the unique needs of diverse corridor stakeholders.
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.