Sepulveda Pass Transit Corridor
The Sepulveda Pass Transit Corridor is a planned transit corridor connecting the Los Angeles Basin to the San Fernando Valley. Project alternatives along the four mile section of I-405, with an option for a heavy rail or light rail line along the tunnel corridor; providing bus-only on- and off-ramps for bus rapid transit service on the I-405 carpool lanes; and implementing peak-hour bus rapid transit lanes on the freeway’s shoulders.
The most popular idea has been a rail transit tunnel, as the rugged terrain of the pass makes surface and elevated alternatives almost equally expensive. Metro Chief Executive Philip Washington has proposed a $20 billion tunnel under the pass containing a toll road and a rapid transit rail line. The project would be financed in partnership with private companies, which would be allowed to collect tolls for a certain number of years. As of 2015, Metro has $1 billion in funds available for construction beginning 2028; thus funding from other sources would have to be found as well.
The project is considered a way to relieve freeway congestion and provide an alternative to I-405 through the Sepulveda Pass. A total of $1.0 billion of funding is allotted to the Sepulveda Pass Transit Corridor project under Measure R. Under Measure R, the expected completion of the project is 2039, but with the 30/10 Plan, now known nationally as America Fast Forward, the project could be built in less than 10 years.
LA Metro's current plan is to use the 2016 passed Measure M funds increasing the sales tax by 1/2 cent. The bond is a permanent sales tax unlike Measure R that is temporary.
Transit advocates have proposed combining the Van Nuys Transit Corridor and Sepulveda Pass Corridor into a single study with an aim to connect Sylmar, Van Nuys, the Orange Line, Sherman Oaks, UCLA, and the future Westwood/UCLA Purple Line station, with a future extension south to the Expo Line, Los Angeles International Airport, South Bay, or beyond.
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