Monorail or heavy rail? Metro seeks public input on ambitious plan to connect San Fernando Valley to LAX – CBS Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – The Sepulveda Pass is notorious for being awful even among the busiest freeways in Los Angeles, and Metro is looking for public input on how to improve this ride with a high-capacity transit line.

Metro is hosting the first of three virtual town hall meetings on Tuesday night to share details about the Sepulveda Transit Corridor project. The proposed megaproject would follow the route of the 405 freeway, connecting the San Fernando Valley, west Los Angeles and eventually reaching LAX.

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Several technologies are being considered for this ambitious project, including an overhead monorail capable of running six-car trains that can carry up to 79 passengers at a time every two minutes on the 405 freeway. With heavy traffic toward UCLA, Metro also plans to connect to campus with electric buses or an automated people mover. Another alternative to the monorail would be the underground alignment between the Getty Center and Wilshire Boulevard.

Metro is also considering heavy rail – the automated version would run three-car trains with a capacity of 170 passengers every 2.5 minutes, while the chauffeured trains would run six-car trains with a capacity of 133 passengers every 4 minutes. Alternatives that could complete a heavy rail line would include an underground alignment south of Ventura Boulevard, an overhead alignment along Sepulveda Boulevard, and four subway stations and four overhead stations; underground route along Sepulveda with seven metro stations and one sky station at Van Nuys Metrolink station; or underground alignment along Van Nuys Boulevard with seven stations.

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The public is invited to comment on the project during a virtual meeting scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Comments are also accepted until February 11, 2022 by postal mail, e-mail, online comments and by telephone. To submit feedback, visit Metro.

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