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Sepulveda Transit Corridor Project

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Metro is making strides to improve travel between the San Fernando Valley, the Westside and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The natural barrier created by the Santa Monica Mountains means that most people traveling between these areas are funneled primarily onto the I-405 Freeway, already ranked as one of the most traveled urban highways in the nation. More than 400,000 people travel through this area every day to commute to work, school, and other destinations along the freeway and beyond.

Project Status

In Fall 2019, Metro completed a two-year Feasibility Study (Study) evaluating a number of alignments and station locations for a range of high-capacity rail transit alternatives between the San Fernando Valley and LAX with connections to existing and planned Metro bus and rail lines, including the Metro E Line (Expo), G Line (Orange) and future Metro Purple (D Line) Extension and the East San Fernando Valley Light Rail Transit Project.

The project has been identified as a good candidate for delivery through a public-private partnership (P3), which, if feasible, offers the potential for greater innovation, higher performance with reduced risk and cost, and potential schedule acceleration.

On October 31, 2019, Metro issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking assistance from the private sector to jointly develop plans for the Sepulveda Transit Corridor Project. Metro's RFP seeks a pre-development agreement (PDA) with up to two private sector proposers to assist in the planning and design of this mega-project. Once project development is complete, the private sector project developer would have an opportunity to submit a proposal to build and operate the line, potentially accelerating construction and improving project performance.

Update on Sepulveda Transit Corridor and opportunities for public input (August 2020)

Funding

The Sepulveda Transit Corridor is part of the Measure M expenditure plan, with approximately $5.7 billion for new transit service to connect the San Fernando Valley and the Westside, scheduled to open by 2033-35. Approximately $3.8 billion is allocated to extend that service from the Westside to LAX with a 2057-59 opening date.

Complementary Efforts

Under Metro’s 28 by 2028 initiative, the Valley-Westside portion of the project is identified as a candidate for potentially accelerated completion by the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Los Angeles (LA 2028).

Measure M also provides $260 million for ExpressLanes on the I-405 between the US 101 and I-10. This corridor is identified as a priority in Metro’s Countywide ExpressLanes Strategic Plan.

Project Schedule


Valley-Westside Alternatives

HRT1

> 12.8 miles from end to end, including tail tracks
> Entirely underground heavy rail transit line
> Includes seven stations:
  • Metrolink Van Nuys Station
  • Metro Orange Line Van Nuys Station
  • Van Nuys Boulevard/Ventura Boulevard
  • UCLA Campus
  • Westwood/UCLA Station
  • Expo/Sepulveda Station or Expo/Bundy Station

Valley-Westside Alternatives HRT1

HRT2

> 13.4 miles from end to end, including tail tracks
> Entirely underground heavy rail transit line
> Includes seven stations:
  • Metrolink Van Nuys Station
  • Metro Orange Line Sepulveda Station
  • Sepulveda Boulevard/Ventura Boulevard
  • UCLA Campus
  • Westwood/UCLA Station
  • Expo/Sepulveda Station or Expo/Bundy Station

Valley-Westside Alternatives HRT2

HRT3

> 14.5 miles from end to end, including tail tracks
> Mixed aerial and underground heavy rail transit line
> Includes eight stations:
  • Metrolink Van Nuys Station
  • Sepulveda Boulevard/Sherman Way
  • Metro Orange Line Sepulveda Station
  • Sepulveda Boulevard/Ventura Boulevard
  • UCLA Campus
  • Westwood/UCLA Station
  • Expo/Sepulveda Station

Valley-Westside Alternatives HRT3

MRT1

> 15.4 miles from end to end, including tail tracks
> Mixed aerial, at grade, and underground monorail or rubber tire line
> Includes eight stations:
  • Metrolink Van Nuys Station
  • Sepulveda Boulevard/Sherman Way
  • Metro Orange Line Sepulveda Station
  • Sepulveda Boulevard/Ventura Boulevard
  • UCLA Campus
  • Westwood/UCLA Station
  • Expo/Sepulveda Station or Expo/Bundy Station

Valley-Westside Alternatives MRT1

Westside-LAX Alternatives

HRT Overland

> Entirely underground HRT extension from Expo/Sepulveda Station
> Adds 8.0 miles of guideway and four intermediate stations:

  • Overland Av/Venice Bl
  • Overland Av/Jefferson Bl
  • Culver City Transit Center
  • Sepulveda Bl/Manchester Av

HRT Sepulveda

> Entirely underground HRT extension from Expo/Sepulveda Station
> Adds 7.7 miles of guideway and three intermediate stations:

  • Sepulveda Bl/Venice Bl
  • Culver City Transit Center
  • Sepulveda Bl/Manchester Av

Westside-LAX Alternatives HRT Sepulveda

HRT I-405

> Partially underground, partially aerial HRT extension from Expo/Sepulveda Station
> Adds 7.3 miles of guideway and three intermediate stations:

  • Sepulveda Bl/Venice Bl
  • Howard Hughes Center
  • Sepulveda Bl/Manchester Av

HRT Centinela

> Entirely underground HRT extension from Expo/Sepulveda Station or Expo/Bundy Station
> Adds 7.8 miles of guideway and four intermediate stations:

  • Centinela Av/Venice Bl
  • Centinela Av/Culver Bl
  • Centinela Av/Jefferson Bl (Playa Vista)
  • Sepulveda Bl/Manchester Av

Westside-LAX Alternatives HRT Centinela

Purple Line Extension

> Entirely underground HRT extension of Metro Purple Line from Westwood/VA Station
> Adds 10.2 miles of guideway and five intermediate stations:

  • Expo/Bundy (transfer station)
  • Centinela Av/Venice Bl
  • Centinela Av/Culver Bl
  • Centinela Av/Jefferson Bl (Playa Vista)
  • Sepulveda Bl/Manchester Av

> Only feasible if Valley-Westside segment terminates at Expo/Sepulveda

Westside-LAX Alternatives HRT PLE

MRT I-405

> Partially underground, partially aerial HRT extension from Expo/Sepulveda Station
> Adds 7.3 miles of guideway and three intermediate stations:

  • Sepulveda Bl/Venice Bl
  • Howard Hughes Center
  • Sepulveda Bl/Manchester Av


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