Mayor Garcetti celebrates historic vote to bring light rail to the San Fernando Valley

The project will deliver a key Measure M promise in time for the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti today celebrated the Metro Board of Directors’ vote to bring light rail to the San Fernando Valley — a 9.2-mile line that will connect the Metro Orange Line Station in Van Nuys with the Sylmar/San Fernando Metrolink station.

“The East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor fulfills a promise to voters — a commitment to better connect communities throughout the Valley,” said Mayor Garcetti. “The Metro Board’s historic vote accelerates momentum toward our goal to give Angelenos the world-class public transportation they deserve.”

The $1.3-billion light rail line is funded by the state’s SB-1 program, Measure M, and Measure R. The project will feature 14 new stations along the proposed route, with trains traveling in the median of Van Nuys Boulevard before turning northwest on San Fernando Road — where they will continue on the Metro-owned rail right-of-way adjacent to the street. A one-way trip from Van Nuys to the San Fernando Metrolink station is expected to take approximately 31 minutes.

The East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor is included in Mayor Garcetti’s Twenty-Eight by ’28 initiative — a plan to accelerate and build 28 major transportation projects by the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The project is set to break ground in 2021 and open in 2027. The vote by the Metro Board of Directors moves the project to the final environmental review stage, which is expected to be certified by the Board early next year.

"These Valley communities have always overwhelmingly supported taxing themselves to provide transit opportunities because they are riders that have made this the second busiest corridor in the Valley,” said Councilwoman Nury Martinez. “Yet, these communities have not seen the benefit of their tax investment. Today, we right that wrong and let the people of the East San Fernando Valley know they will have a project that will ease their commute and breathe new life into the economy of these communities."

“Today marks an important day for bringing rail back to the San Fernando Valley,” said Councilmember Paul Krekorian. “Building light rail along this corridor will go a long way toward achieving the kind of comprehensive public transit system that Valley residents overwhelmingly approved with Measure M -- one that increases capacity and efficiency for transit riders and improves the mobility of a new generation of Valley residents."

The project will be the first Metro rail transit project dedicated to the San Fernando Valley, a promise Mayor Garcetti made to the voters of Los Angeles when he led the passage of Measure M in 2016 — the largest local transportation funding program in U.S. history.

“This important new rail project will bring high-capacity, high-quality transit to the Eastern San Fernando Valley,” said Metro CEO Phillip A. Washington. “It is clearly the right solution that will greatly improve north-south mobility and encourage more Valley residents to use Metro Rail for their daily transportation needs.”

Van Nuys Boulevard is the second-busiest bus corridor in the San Fernando Valley and seventh-busiest in the Metro system. The new rail line will offer transfers to the Orange Line, Metro bus lines, Metrolink, Amtrak, and two future Metro projects — the Sepulveda Transit Corridor rail line and the North San Fernando Valley Bus Rapid Transit line.

Since entering office, Mayor Garcetti has led Metro to break ground on four transportation megaprojects, including the Crenshaw/LAX Line, the Regional Connector, the Purple Line Extension, and the Gold Line Foothill Extension Phase 2B. Mayor Garcetti has also overseen the completion of the Expo Lineand Phase 2A of the Gold Line extension.