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Plans move forward for San Fernando Valley light rail

California’s San Fernando Valley is set to get a light rail line in time for the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The Metro board of directors voted in favour of the 9.2-mile line that will connect the Metro Orange Line Station in Van Nuys with the Sylmar/San Fernando Metrolink station. The moves the project to the final environmental review stage, which is expected to be certified by the Board early next year.

“The East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor fulfills a promise to voters — a commitment to better connect communities throughout the Valley,” said Los Angelese mayor Eric Garcetti.

The US$1.3bn light rail line will have 14 new stations along the proposed route. Trains will travel in the median of Van Nuys Boulevard before turning northwest on San Fernando Road, where they will continue on the Metro-owned rail right-of-way adjacent to the street. A one-way trip from Van Nuys to the San Fernando Metrolink station is expected to take approximately 31 minutes.

The East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor is included in Garcetti’s Twenty-Eight by ’28 initiative — a plan to accelerate and build 28 major transportation projects by the time Los Angeles hosts the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The project is set to break ground in 2021 and open in 2027.

 

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This article was published on 3 Jul 2018 (last updated on 3 Jul 2018).

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