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The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro) last week issued a request for proposals (RFP) seeking a contractor to assist in the early stages of development of the Sepulveda Transit Corridor Project.
The RFP calls for a pre-development agreement with up to two private sector contractors to assist the agency in the planning and design of a fixed guideway transit line connecting the San Fernando Valley to the Westside, and ultimately Los Angeles International Airport.
The line would provide a new travel option in the congested 405 freeway corridor through the Sepulveda Pass, LA Metro officials said in a press release.
By summer 2020, the agency will identify the route alternatives that will be studied during the project's environmental review phase. Those alternatives will be chosen from up to two contractors that respond to the RFP and/or from a feasibility study LA Metro will complete by next month.
After LA Metro's board selects and completes the final engineering phase of the preferred project alternative, the agency then could invite the private project developer to submit a proposal to build the line.
The line's first phase between the Valley and the Westside is scheduled to open in 2033, officials said.
The Sepulveda project will receive $9.5 billion in funding from Measure M and other local, state and federal sources.
Meanwhile, LA Metro on Nov. 2 reopened its light-rail Blue Line between downtown Los Angeles and Long Beach, California. The line will be known as the A Line.