Metro Picks Locally Preferred Alternative for Orange Line Extension

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Metro moved a step closer to extending the Orange Line today when it released a Locally Preferred Alternative for an extension from Canoga Park to Chatsworth.  As Metro notes in its press release, the Metro Board still needs to approve the staff’s recommendation and then go into the final environmental review before the project can be funded and built.

You can read Metro’s full release after the jump:

L.A.
METRO SELECTS BUSWAY ON EXISTING RAILROAD
RIGHT-OF-WAY AS LOCALLY PREFERRED ALTERNATIVE FOR
POSSIBLE EXTENSION OF METRO ORANGE LINE TO CHATSWORTH

The
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) today
released a Locally Preferred Alternative for the Canoga Transportation
Corridor Project, a possible northern extension of the successful Metro
Orange Line service

Agency
staff will recommend to the Metro Board that it select a busway alternative
on a Metro-owned former railroad right-of-way for the potential four-mile
service extension from the current busway terminus in Canoga Park to
Chatsworth

The
Locally Preferred Alternative is the result a one-year environmental
review process that evaluated potential impacts for transit service
along several possible corridors, including Metro’s own existing railroad
right-of-way, Canoga Avenue, De Soto Avenue, and Topanga Canyon Boulevard.
The Canoga Busway alternative was chosen because of its cost-effectiveness
compared to other on-street dedicated bus lane alternatives, minimal
environmental impacts, improved safety and quicker transit travel times.

Metro
staff’s recommended Locally Preferred Alternative includes a grade
separation over Metrolink/Union Pacific tracks and Lassen Street that
enables the busway to directly enter the Chatsworth Metrolink Station

The
projected cost of this recommended alternative is $191 million in December
2007 dollars

The
Metro Board of Directors will consider staff’s recommendation at its
June 26 Board meeting at Metro’s headquarters building in downtown
Los Angeles.  If the Board approves the recommended alternative,
the project would then move into its Final EIR and preliminary engineering
phase.

To
obtain a copy of the LPA report or to view a project map, visit
www.metro.net/canoga

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