Wednesday, June 22, 2016

TheSource: Potential ballot measure: Sepulveda Pass Transit Corridor


Looking north toward 405 and the Sepulveda Pass. Photo by Steve Hymon/Metro.
Looking north toward 405 and the Sepulveda Pass. Photo by Steve Hymon/Metro.
One in a series of posts that will look at projects and programs that would receive funding from the potential sales tax ballot measure that Metro is considering. 
What is it? A project to be built in three phases to expand transit in the 405 corridor between the Orange Line’s Van Nuys Station in the San Fernando Valley and LAX. The three phases:
•Phase One is an ExpressLanes project on the 405 between the 101 and the 10 freeways. The number of current mixed use lanes would be maintained while the ExpressLanes would be tolled so that an express trip would be provided and construction of the transit connection in the second phase could be funded. Projected opening date: 2026-28. Ballot measure contribution: $260 million.
•Phase two is an 8.8-mile high-capacity transit project between the Orange Line’s Van Nuys Station and the Purple Line Extension’s Wilshire/Westwood Station with a stop on the UCLA campus. Projected opening date: 2033-35. Ballot measure contribution: $5.65 billion.
•Phase three is an additional 10-miles of high-capacity transit project between the Purple Line Wilshire/Westwood Station and the Airport Metro Connector 96th Street Transit station, where Metro Rail passengers will be able to transfer to an Automated People Mover to be built and operated by the Los Angeles World Airports serving the LAX terminals. Projected opening date: 2057-59. Ballot measure contribution: $3.86 billion.
It’s worth noting that a separate project — called the East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor — will add a potential rail or bus rapid transit line on Van Nuys Boulevard between the Orange Line and the San Fernando/Sylmar Metrolink station (here’s a post about that project).
What is ‘high-capacity transit?’ That phrase means that it could be a rail line and the funding available reflects that. The type of transit will be decided as part of the formal environmental review process for the project, which has not yet begun. 
Why is the project needed? One sentence from a recent LAT story sums up the situation well: “The 405 carries about 300,000 vehicles a day, a number that the Federal Highway Administration expects to grow by nearly 50%, to 447,000, by 2025.” 
Didn’t Metro recently complete a Sepulveda Pass project? Yes. The project, which was largely completed in 2014, added an HOV lane to the northbound 405 between the 10 and the 101. The project also rebuilt three bridges over the freeway to modern standards and added capacity to on- and off-ramps, while also improving safety and traffic flow at the Wilshire interchange. 
Metro’s potential ballot measure calls for a half-cent sales tax increase and an extension of the existing Measure R sales tax. Here’s a previous post about the revised spending plan for the ballot measure.
Please visit for more info and use the hashtag #metroplan when discussing on social media. The Metro Board of Directors are scheduled to consider the spending plan and whether to put the ballot measure before voters at their June 23 meeting. 
Other posts about projects to be funded by the potential ballot measure:


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