Metro is planning its Sepulveda Transit Corridor project - a new transit line connecting the Valley with the Westside, and ultimately connecting to LAX a few decades from now. The project is currently in the environmental review scoping phase, with public comments due this Friday, February 11.
Metro's current Sepulveda scoping process is focused on six alternatives. They include three versions (alternatives 1-3) of the hellish mid-freeway monorail and three versions (alternatives 4-6) of heavy rail. Alternative 4 includes a subway on the Westside, and about six miles of elevated heavy rail in the Valley - mostly atop Sepulveda Boulevard. Alternatives 5 and 6 are heavy rail subways; they are similar in West L.A. and, in the Valley, would run below Sepulveda Boulevard or Van Nuys Boulevard respectively.
The project is already coming into criticism from nearby homeowners.
On the Westside, the Bel-Air Association (BAA) has announced their position to be "that NO tunneling should take place under residential neighborhoods." All non-monorail alternatives would tunnel under Bel-Air. Today, BAA posted an alert encouraging homeowners to submit comments against tunneling and for monorail.
On the Valley side, the Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association (SOHA) recently distributed a flier critical of proposed aerial rail through part of the San Fernando Valley. Back in 2019, SOHA similarly opposed Metro Sepulveda rail; their presentation then used misleading rail renderings.
Though the flier uses anti-train and anti-Metro hyperbole, SOHA is, to some extent, pushing for underground rail. They are primarily voicing opposition to Alternative 4, which would run on elevated tracks above Sepulveda Boulevard. Some Valley voices frame this as asking that the Valley receive the same subway treatment as the Westside. Given that underground rail is more expensive than aerial rail, this would drive up the cost.
SBLA posted the SOHA flier to Twitter, where it has received a number of responses pointing out how any adverse impacts of aerial rail would dwarf those of the existing 10+ lanes of the 405 Freeway that already runs through Sherman Oaks.