The Los Angeles Metro announced that it will begin construction on a new light rail line between the Van Nuys Metro Orange Line Station and Sylmar/San Fernando Metrolink Station.

The 9.2-mile rail line is scheduled to be completed in 2027 and will include 14 new stations between the Van Nuys Metro Orange Line Station and Sylmar/San Fernando Metrolink Station, according to a media release. This new project will bring back street-level rail service to the Valley for the first time since 1952.   

“We’re going back to the future by bringing the rail line back,” Sotero said. “In the 1950s, the Pacific Electric Red Cars traveled on Van Nuys Boulevard but it was later replaced by bus service.”

On an average weekday, there are more than 20,000 boardings on Metro buses operating on Van Nuys Boulevard, according to data from Metro.

“We listened to the San Fernando Valley and The Valley wanted a rail line,” said Dave Sotero, Metro Media Relations Officer.

The proposed rail line is part of the East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor Project, which received funds from Measure M, the 1/2 cent sales tax approved by Los Angeles County voters in November 16. According to Measure M, $1.3 billion will be directed towards the East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor on Van Nuys Boulevard.

The project is currently under environmental review and construction is expected to begin in 2021, Sotero said. This project is part of Metro’s Twenty-Eight by ’28 Plan to complete 28 new transit projects in time for the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles.

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