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Metro Hosts Van Nuys Corridor Rapidway Meeting

David Murphy

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):

Get updates at facebook.com/pages/Metro-Van-Nuys/229102210479605 Get updates at twitter.com//#!/metrovannuys

Visit www.metro.net/vannuys for more information about the study, whose project manager is Metro’s Walt Davis.