Valley Light Rail Project Can Now Receive Federal Funding

SHERMAN OAKS, CA — Valley residents looking for another way to navigate the neighborhood will appreciate an update on the East San Fernando Valley Light Rail Transit Project, which is set to begin in 2022. Metro announced Monday the light rail is now eligible for federal funding, which board members expect will help move the project toward completion.

The Federal Transit Administration certified that the project meets guidelines for environmental analysis, opening the door for federal funding. According to Metro, the $1.3 billion project is expected to be open by 2028.

“Last month we pushed the project forward with a $30 million investment in utility work to expedite construction. Now, with the Federal Transportation Authority’s Record of Decision, this line becomes eligible for federal funding opportunities, and we are well on our way toward full funding and completion of the foundation for the future of transit in the San Fernando Valley,” Metro board member and Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Krekorian said.

The project will connect the Van Nuys Metro “G” (Orange) Line station with the Sylmar / San Fernando Metrolink Station. Fourteen stations will makeup the rail, with an end-to-end travel time of 31 minutes. A map of the rail is available here.

Buses on Van Nuys Boulevard are currently the second busiest in the Valley, according to Metro. The department anticipates the light rail will reach over 30,000 daily boardings by 2040.

City News Service contributed to this report.