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FTA issues ROD for proposed East San Fernando Valley light-rail project

When completed, the LA Metro light-rail line would connect the Van Nuys Metro G Line Station with the Sylmar/San Fernando Metrolink Station.
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The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has granted the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro) a record of decision (ROD) for its East San Fernando Valley light-rail project.

The ROD officially certifies that the project has satisfied all federal guidelines for environmental analysis and making it eligible for federal funding opportunities, LA Metro officials said yesterday in a press release.

The FTA's action allows LA Metro to apply for federal funding for the final design and construction of the 9.2-mile project, which is planned to connect the Van Nuys Metro G Line Station with the Sylmar/San Fernando Metrolink Station.

Approximately $1.3 billion already has been identified for the project, most coming from local Measure M, Measure R and state funds. LA Metro will build the line in segments to allow the flexibility to determine the most efficient and cost-effective way to build its projects. Interim operating segments will be included in all future Measure M projects, LA Metro officials said.

The project is expected to begin major construction in 2022 and is scheduled to open by 2028. With an end-to-end travel time of 31 minutes, daily boardings are anticipated to exceed 30,000 by 2040.

For more information,  visit www.metro.net.