East San Fernando Valley Light Rail will bring 14 subway stations to Van Nuys Boulevard – Daily News

State and local officials gathered Tuesday, April 19 to announce a guaranteed federal investment of $5 million to help build the San Fernando Valley Light Rail project connecting the Orange Line station “G ” from the Van Nuys metro to the Sylmar / San Fernando Metrolink station.

“Strong public transit systems are crucial to our local economies and essential to creating opportunity in underserved communities across our state,” U.S. Sen. Alex Padilla (D-California) said at the press conference.

  • LA City Council Speaker Nury Martinez at the announcement of a guaranteed $5 million federal investment for the East San Fernando Valley Light Rail Transit Project on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 The new project with an expected opening date of 2028 will help improve local infrastructure, increase connectivity and transit equity in LA County by extending a light rail line north of Van Station. Nuys Metro Orange Line at San Fernando Road, a total of 6.7 miles with 11 stations. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG

  • Senator Alex Padilla announces $5 million federal investment guaranteed...

    Senator Alex Padilla announces a guaranteed $5 million federal investment for the East San Fernando Valley Light Rail Transit Project on Tuesday, April 19, 2022. The new project with an expected opening date of 2028 will help improve local infrastructure, increase connectivity and address transit equity in LA County by extending a light rail line north from the Van Nuys Metro Orange Line station to San Fernando Road, a total of 6.7 miles with 11 stations. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG

  • LA City Council member Paul Krekorian at the announcement of...

    LA City Councilman Paul Krekorian at the announcement of a guaranteed $5 million federal investment for the East San Fernando Valley Light Rail Transit Project on Tuesday, April 19, 2022. The new project with an expected opening date of 2028 will help improve local infrastructure, increase connectivity and transit equity in LA County by extending a light rail line north of Van Nuys Station Metro Orange Line at San Fernando Road, a total of 6.7 miles with 11 stations. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG

  • Congressman Tony Cardenas at the $5 million funding announcement...

    Congressman Tony Cardenas during the announcement of a guaranteed $5 million federal investment for the East San Fernando Valley Light Rail Transit Project on Tuesday, April 19, 2022. The new project with an expected 2028 opening date will help improve local infrastructure, increase connectivity and address transit equity in LA County by extending a light rail line north of the Van Nuys Metro Orange station Line to San Fernando Road, a total of 6.7 miles with 11 stations. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG

  • Senator Alex Padilla, left, and Congressman Tony Cardenas at...

    Senator Alex Padilla, left, and Congressman Tony Cardenas at the announcement of a guaranteed $5 million federal investment for the San Fernando Valley East Light Rail Transit Project on Tuesday, April 19, 2022. The new project with an expected opening date of 2028 will help improve local infrastructure, increase connectivity and improve transit equity in LA County by extending a light rail line north of the Van Nuys Metro Orange Line station at San Fernando Road, a total of 6.7 miles with 11 stations. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG

  • Senator Alex Padilla announces $5 million federal investment guaranteed...

    Senator Alex Padilla announces a guaranteed $5 million federal investment for the East San Fernando Valley Light Rail Transit Project on Tuesday, April 19, 2022. The new project with an expected opening date of 2028 will help improve local infrastructure, increase connectivity and address transit equity in LA County by extending a light rail line north from the Van Nuys Metro Orange Line station to San Fernando Road, a total of 6.7 miles with 11 stations. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG

  • A map showing the new $5 million East San Fernando...

    A map showing the new $5 million East San Fernando Valley Light Rail Transit Project on Tuesday, April 19, 2022. The new project with an expected opening date of 2028 will help improve local infrastructure, to increase connectivity and address transit equity in LA County by extending a light rail line north from the Van Nuys Metro Orange Line station to San Fernando Road, a total of 6.7 miles with 11 resorts. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG

  • Senator Alex Padilla announces $5 million federal investment guaranteed...

    Senator Alex Padilla announces a guaranteed $5 million federal investment for the East San Fernando Valley Light Rail Transit Project on Tuesday, April 19, 2022. The new project with an expected opening date of 2028 will help improve local infrastructure, increase connectivity and address transit equity in LA County by extending a light rail line north from the Van Nuys Metro Orange Line station to San Fernando Road, a total of 6.7 miles with 11 stations. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG

  • LA City Council Speaker Nury Martinez at the announcement...

    LA City Council Speaker Nury Martinez at the announcement of a guaranteed $5 million federal investment for the East San Fernando Valley Light Rail Transit Project on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 The new project with an expected opening date of 2028 will help improve local infrastructure, increase connectivity and transit equity in LA County by extending a light rail line north of Van Station. Nuys Metro Orange Line at San Fernando Road, a total of 6.7 miles with 11 stations. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG

  • Senator Alex Padilla announces $5 million federal investment guaranteed...

    Senator Alex Padilla announces a guaranteed $5 million federal investment for the East San Fernando Valley Light Rail Transit Project on Tuesday, April 19, 2022. The new project with an expected opening date of 2028 will help improve local infrastructure, increase connectivity and address transit equity in LA County by extending a light rail line north from the Van Nuys Metro Orange Line station to San Fernando Road, a total of 6.7 miles with 11 stations. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG

  • A render of Victory Station in the new $5...

    A rendering of Victory Station in the new $5 million East San Fernando Valley light rail transit project on Tuesday, April 19, 2022. The new project with an expected opening date of 2028 will help improve local infrastructure, to increase connectivity and address transit equity in LA County by extending a light rail line north from the Van Nuys Metro Orange Line station to San Fernando Road, a total of 6.7 miles with 11 resorts. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG

  • A render of Arleta station in the new $5...

    A rendering of Arleta Station in the new $5 million East San Fernando Valley Light Rail Transit Project on Tuesday, April 19, 2022. The new project with an expected opening date of 2028 will help improve local infrastructure, to increase connectivity and address transit equity in LA County by extending a light rail line north from the Van Nuys Metro Orange Line station to San Fernando Road, a total of 6.7 miles with 11 resorts. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG

  • Senator Alex Padilla announces $5 million federal investment guaranteed...

    Senator Alex Padilla announces a guaranteed $5 million federal investment for the East San Fernando Valley Light Rail Transit Project on Tuesday, April 19, 2022. The new project with an expected opening date of 2028 will help improve local infrastructure, increase connectivity and address transit equity in LA County by extending a light rail line north from the Van Nuys Metro Orange Line station to San Fernando Road, a total of 6.7 miles with 11 stations. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG

  • A rendering of the Laurel Canyon train station in the new...

    A rendering of the Laurel Canyon station in the new $5 million East San Fernando Valley light rail transit project on Tuesday, April 19, 2022. The new project with an expected opening date of 2028 will help improve local infrastructure , to increase connectivity and address transit equity in LA County by extending a light rail line north from the Van Nuys Metro Orange Line station to San Fernando Road, a total of 6.7 miles with 11 resorts. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG

  • A rendering of Van Nuys station in the new...

    A rendering of the Van Nuys station in the new $5 million East San Fernando Valley light rail transit project on Tuesday, April 19, 2022. The new project with an expected opening date of 2028 will help improve local infrastructure , to increase connectivity and address transit equity in LA County by extending a light rail line north from the Van Nuys Metro Orange Line station to San Fernando Road, a total of 6.7 miles with 11 resorts. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG

The 6.7-mile at-grade light rail will run in a semi-exclusive right-of-way in the median of Van Nuys Boulevard and provide 14 new subway stations on the boulevard. The long-awaited project budget is estimated at $2.81 billion.

US Representative Tony Cardenas (CA-29) said the $5 million investment would mean 14 new subway stations on Van Nuys Boulevard. The project will include nine traction electrical substations, an overhead contact system, 34 vehicles, and a maintenance and storage facility.

“Today we are about to connect our friends and neighbors with a train that will finally serve the northeast San Fernando Valley,” he said.

Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Krekorian, whose district includes the Van Nuys subway station, said when San Fernando Valley leaders discussed transportation priorities years ago, they found that Metro had 100 transit stations on county rail lines, but only two stations in the populated valley. , which is home to 2 million people.

“This is a big step forward for public transit in the San Fernando Valley, but it’s so much more than that because Metro is committed to building affordable housing on its properties adjacent to these lines throughout the county,” said Krekorian, who is also an administrator. of the subway council.

Other attendees included Los Angeles City Council President Nury Martinez, Metro Board Chairman, LA Metro Vice President Ara Najarian, and LA-OC Building & Construction Trades Executive Secretary. Council, Chris Hannan.

Jose P. Rogers