Thursday June 28, 2018
Media Advisory / Photo Opportunity
Valley Transit Milestone
L.A. Mayor and Metro Board Chair Eric Garcetti, L.A. City Councilmembers Krekorian, Rodriguez, Martinez and a host of local and state elected officials will meet at the Van Nuys Metro Orange Line Station to announce the Metro Board’s approval of light rail as the official technology for the East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor Project now under environmental review. When completed in 2027, the new rail line will span 9.2 miles and include 14 new stations between the Van Nuys Metro Orange Line Station and Sylmar/San Fernando Metrolink Station. More than $400 million in SB-1 gas tax funds are contributing to the project. The Board’s action marks the planned return of street-level local stop rail service in the Valley since Pacific Electric Red Cars last traveled on portions of Van Nuys Boulevard in 1952.
Friday, June 29, 2018
8:30 a.m. -- Press Conference
9 a.m. -- Alignment bus tour for news media and elected officials
Media Van Parking available in station’s park & ride Lot
Eric Garcetti, L.A. City Mayor and Metro Board Chair
Bob Hertzberg, California State Senator
Adrin Nazarian, California State Assemblymember
Nury Martinez, L.A. City Councilmember
Monica Rodriguez, L.A. City Councilmember
Paul Krekorian, L.A. City Councilmember, Metro Board member
Brian C. Annis, Secretary, California State Transportation Agency
Phillip A. Washington, Metro CEO
Event will be held in the park & ride lot of the busy Van Nuys Orange Line Station. Sixty-foot buses stop at the station every few minutes during the morning rush hour. Following formal remarks, officials and news media will board a special Metro bus for a guided tour of the planned rail alignment. The bus will travel down Van Nuys Boulevard and San Fernando Road to Sylmar Station and back.
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is unique among the nation’s transportation agencies. Created in 1993, Metro is a multimodal transportation agency that transports about 1.3 million passengers daily on a fleet of 2,200 clean air buses and six rail lines. The agency also oversees bus, rail, highway and other mobility-related building projects and leads transportation planning and programming for Los Angeles County.
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