LA City Council moves to create dedicated busway for northeast San Fernando Valley

A plan to create a dedicated North-South busway along Van Nuys Boulevard was forwarded to the city's Transportation Department today by the Los Angeles City Council.

The council directed the department to work with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority in developing goals, a schedule and a budget for the project.

"Today's action is a strong step forward in the process to create a dedicated busway in the northeast San Fernando Valley, which will bring transit equity to our communities and traffic relief to our residents,'' Councilman Richard Alarcon said. "Ten years ago, we approved the funding for this project and today we are ensuring that the northeast Valley receives its fair share of much needed funding so that all of our residents have access to efficient public transportation.''

The plan is to have a busway along Van Nuys between Burbank Boulevard and Plummer Street open by 2018.

The project will be funded, in part, with $100 million in Transit Cooperative Research Program funds approved by the state legislature in 2000, and with $68.5 million from Measure R, a half-cent sales tax approved by voters in 2008.

Alarcon's office estimated there are currently more than 36,000 daily boardings on city buses along Van Nuys Boulevard.