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LACMTA: Orange Line Extension on track for June opening


Construction on the Orange Line extension in California’s San Fernando Valley has reached 80 percent completion and is on schedule for an earlier opening this summer, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) officials said earlier this week.

The $215.6 million project was initially scheduled to open in August, but now is on track to open in June, LACMTA officials said in a prepared statement.

The project encompasses a four-mile extension of the San Fernando Valley Bus Rapid Transit line between Canoga Park and the Chatsworth Amtrak/Metrolink Station. It’s the first project under the Measure R program to begin construction and will be the first to open this summer, agency officials said.

The project will include four new stations, three new or reconfigured parking lots, a new busway bridge over active railroad tracks, street improvements and landscaping.

“When finished, the four-mile extension of the Orange Line to Chatsworth will connect Metro riders in the northwest Valley to a regional transportation hub,” said L.A. Mayor and LACMTA Chairman Antonio Villaraigosa.

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