LA Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti recently did a Q&A on Reddit’s popular Ask Me Anything subreddit. Rail was a popular topic among questions & comments, and the following is particularly of interest regarding the Sepulveda Pass:
Question from user roomtone: Sepulveda/405 Rail line. Eventually from Orange Line to Blue Line, but at least Orange to Expo for now. Not a Bus lane, that will not fix our traffic issues since it would take so long no one will use it. I know this is already on the list, but this is really something that we can not screw up (eg. Bus lane) as the traffic situation is so bad on the west side that it will eventually bring the entire city to a standstill.
Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti’s Response: “I support rail through the Sepulveda Pass, probably with a two-tiered tunnel that will take cars (for a toll, helping to pay for the cost of building the tunnel) and transit from Sherman Oaks to Westwood in 10 minutes. We need a rail line that starts in the north Valley and hopefully gets to Westchester eventually, even LAX. I have already met with Art Leahy and with AECOM (who is doing scoping plans for the tunnel) and want to include moving this forward as part of my transportation and transit agenda.”