SF Valley Light Rail and G-Line Rapid Bus Updates Receive Green Light from LA Metro Board – Daily News

Two transit projects in the San Fernando Valley received a combined total of $110 million from the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Thursday, August 25.

By unanimous vote of the LACMTA (LA Metro) Board of Directors, approximately $66 million was approved to hire a construction management company to oversee the East San Fernando Valley Light Rail Line (ESFVLR) and approximately $44 million will go to improving the existing metro. G Bus Rapid Transit Line, commonly known as Orange Line.

The council has asked its CEO, Stephanie Wiggins, to sign a seven-year contract with Arcadis Mott MacDonald (AMM) for construction management support services to oversee construction of the East Valley light rail line.

The proposed light rail line will run north from the Van Nuys Metro G Line station to the Sylmar/San Fernando Metrolink station, running 9.2 miles and including 14 at-grade passenger stations. The first part of the line would pass through the middle of Boulevard Van Nuys.

The ESFVLR line would be the first light rail system in the San Fernando Valley and is expected to carry 35,000 weekday passengers. The ambitious project will cost between $2.8 billion and $3.6 billion, according to LA Metro. Construction is expected to start at the end of this year and the line is expected to be operational in June 2028.

The board also awarded Valley Transit Partners a $44 million contract for the first phase of pre-construction services, known as “design-build,” for the Valley Transit Bus Rapid Improvement Project. metro line G. LA Metro set the pre-construction phase of the project’s budget at approximately $150 million.

This contract funds improvements to the bus rapid transit line, which runs east to west between Chatsworth and North Hollywood stations. The 18-mile line uses buses, currently converted to battery electric, to take passengers on exclusive dedicated lanes.

However, at major intersections, buses were often stuck in traffic and waiting for traffic lights to turn green. The proposed improvements would reduce the time a passenger spends on a G-Line bus by allowing buses to travel up to 15-25mph faster by avoiding traffic at major intersections.

Planned improvements include the construction of grade separations on Van Nuys and Sepulveda Boulevards. The construction of bridges over these major intersections would allow buses to circulate freely. Project improvements include the addition of signal priority technology and more level crossing type barriers, to address pedestrian safety issues and prevent cars from crashing into buses.

The council also authorized the use of eminent domain to force four landowners to sell their plots to Metro, to make room for some of the G Line improvements.

An attorney for the owner of one of the four plots, a tire store/distribution/retail outlet on Saticoy Street between Canoga and Deering Avenues, said taking land from his client would harm his company. He asked Metro to use an adjacent right-of-way instead to locate his security gates.

“He has a successful business, a large warehouse and a distribution facility. You will take away many of his parking spaces and block his access to Saticoy. It will just be a mess,” said the owner’s attorney, John Peterson.

Metro staff attorney Craig Justesen said permission to go to court over easement rights would not prevent Metro from continuing talks with the landlord and his attorney. However, not moving forward with the eminent domain process could delay the project, Metro staff said.

Metro board chairman Ara Najarian asked staff to continue negotiations, including finding ways to move the gates on Saticoy. The motion to approve the authorization to purchase the four plots for the project was approved by 10 votes to 0.

Jose P. Rogers