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Mad at the 405? Metro wants to hear about it

FILE; A rail alternative to the 405 freeway in Los Angeles is being planned and LA Metro wants the public to weigh in on it.
FILE; A rail alternative to the 405 freeway in Los Angeles is being planned and LA Metro wants the public to weigh in on it.
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Los Angeles County transit planners are studying options for a new rail line linking the San Fernando Valley and West L.A. and they want to hear from the public.

The Sepulveda transit corridor rail project will be one of the biggest projects funded by the Measure M sales tax hike approved by county voters in 2016.

If you regularly travel through the Sepulveda Pass, the narrow corridor centered on Interstate 405 that funnels most traffic between the Valley and West L.A., the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority is asking that you take a survey to help the agency move forward with the rail line.

The survey includes questions about when you travel, your destinations and how you prioritize factors like time, cost and convenience.

Metro is looking at several options for the route. Possible stops on the rail line would connect riders to the Orange Line rapid bus, a future transit line down Van Nuys Boulevard, the Purple Line Extension to Westwood, the Expo Line and LAX.

Measure M is providing about $10 billion for the project. The first section to West L.A. would open by 2035 and an extension to LAX by 2057. The agency is also exploring private partnerships that could speed construction of at least the first section by the 2028 Olympics.

The project area for Metro's planned rail corridor connecting the San Fernando Valley to West L.A.
The project area for Metro's planned rail corridor connecting the San Fernando Valley to West L.A.
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