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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Metro's Van Nuys Boulevard, Sherman Oaks-to-San Fernando light rail plan opening to public comment


March 9, 2013

VAN NUYS -- What may become the San Fernando Valley's first new light rail passenger train are among options going before the public later this month.
Metro has begun soliciting public comment on proposals to possibly improve north-south transit options, generally along Van Nuys Boulevard, between Sherman Oaks and the City of San Fernando.

Several of the city's heaviest-used bus routes now use the corridor along Van Nuys Boulevard and San Fernando Road to cross the valley.

The four options being presented to the public include a light rail train north from Ventura Boulevard, up Van Nuys Boulevard to San Fernando Road, then north to the City of San Fernando. Another option would be a bus-only roadway, similar to the Orange Line, on the same route.

The other options include bolstering bus service, or doing nothing.

In a separate, future effort, Metro planners are also envisioning a new busway, passenger train tunnel or other mass transit option across Sepulveda Pass, from Sherman Oaks to Westwood. The freeway there is now being widened in a $1 billion-plus project, but Metro planners say a new transit-only option may be necessary.

The San Fernando Valley currently is served by the Red Line subway, which only has two stops in the Valley before it heads south to Hollywood. Plans to build an east-west passenger rail service along the route now served by Orange Line express buses were rejected when some Valley constituencies opposed it.

The proposals will be presented to the public at informal meetings at 10 a.m. next Saturday at Panorama High School, 8015 Van Nuys Blvd.; 6 p.m. March 19 at the City of San Fernando pool, 208 Park Ave.; 6 p.m. March 21 at Arleta High School, 14200 Van Nuys Blvd.; and 4 p.m. March 27 at the Braude Center, 6262 Van Nuys Blvd.

Comments can also be filed in writing, and more information is available by searching for the project's Facebook page on the internet.