Metro and the City of Los Angeles hosted the last of three Van Nuys Corridor Rapidway meetings tonight.
From the project website (emphasis added):
The Van Nuys Rapidway study area extends from Ventura Boulevard north to the I-210 freeway. Initial alternatives under consideration as part of the beginning of the Alternative Analysis (AA) include Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), Light Rail Transit (LRT), Streetcar, a “No Build” alternative and a Transportation Systems Management (TSM) alternative aimed at better managing the flow of traffic along the corridor.
Measure R, the half-cent sales tax approved by the voters of LA County in 2008 earmarks $68.5 million for the East San Fernando Valley North-South Rapidways that includes the Van Nuys corridor. Three other corridors, Sepulveda, Lankershim/San Fernando and Reseda, are being studied through a separate environmental process.
We’d imagine that $68.5 million number will play a key factor in influencing what’s possible among the different options, at least with current funding options.
PowerPoint: here’s the meeting’s presentation (click the button at bottom right to view full screen):
Posters: here are some of the posterboards from the meeting (click the button at bottom right to view full screen):
(We’ll try to get better photo angles next time!)
Video: view the project video on Facebook:
Also spotted at the meeting: Bart Reed and others with The Transit Coalition, with stickers and handouts promoting a continuous rail route connecting the Valley with the Westside. Boy, that would have been nice to have tonight — it took a mere hour and fifteen minutes to get from the Westside to the meeting in Van Nuys. One would imagine a subway from Westwood would have taken perhaps twenty minutes. But Metro is studying the Van Nuys corridor separately from the Sepulveda Corridor (whose funding comes much later in the Measure R project timeline), and is only focusing on light rail, streetcar, and bus rapid transit options at this point (plus the standard no-build & transportation demand management fallbacks).
You can follow the Van Nuys Corridor Rapidway project on social media here (they’ve got some more pictures and public comments from the meetings, including a cool map showing the routes that meeting attendees frequently travel):
Visit www.metro.net/vannuys for more information about the study, whose project manager is Metro’s Walt Davis.