Sepulveda Transit Corridor Project
In January 2019, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority selected four refined concepts for their Sepulveda Transit Corridor Project from the Valley to the Westside – and will select the concept finalists in summer 2019. Three of Metro’s four concepts – HRT 1, HRT 2, and HRT 3 – are heavy rail transit like the Red Line in North Hollywood. The fourth concept – MRT 1 – is monorail like Disneyland. Two concepts run fully underground and two operate partially aerial on elevated tracks in Sherman Oaks and Van Nuys (but not on the Westside).
All four concepts would operate between the Metrolink station at Van Nuys Boulevard north of Saticoy Street (near Home Depot) and a Metro Expo Line station near Pico Boulevard and the I-405 freeway on the Westside. Each concept has a slightly different routes (see figure). The concepts would provide 105,000 to 123,000 daily passenger trips through the Sepulveda Pass with an end-to-end travel time between 15 minutes for HRT 1 and 26 minutes for MRT 1.
SOHA strongly supports two of the heavy rail concepts – HRT 1 and HRT 2 – that are fully underground high-capacity high-speed heavy rail. SOHA does not support either of the other concepts – HRT 3 and MRT 1 – because they both operate on elevated tracks throughout Sherman Oaks.
Metro’s next steps include determining the exact route, cost, schedule, construction mitigations, and parking for each of the four concepts – leading to their final selection decision in fall 2019. Metro would begin environmental analysis in 2020 and construction could start as early as 2022 or 2023.