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Metro mulls its transit options for the Sepulveda Pass

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Options include light rail and a subway

Metro is weighing its options for a public transit system in the oft-congested Sepulveda Pass.
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With Measure M funding in place and several high-profile transit projects in the works, a newly invigorated Metro is setting its sights on solving one of LA biggest transportation headaches—traffic in the Sepulveda Pass.

Metro has issued a request for proposals aimed at finding a consultant to study the best options for bringing public transit to the Sepulveda Pass Corridor, reports The Source.

An initial study in 2012 gave Metro a rough idea of potential transit concepts for the 11-mile stretch through the Sepulveda Pass, but a more thorough study is required before the agency says it can move forward.

Metro’s new consultant would explore a number of transit options, including bus rapid transit, light rail, and a subway, as well as possible alignments and potential stops along the route.

The study is expected to take around 14 months, and will be coordinated with an ExpressLanes study underway now on the feasibility of adding toll lanes to the 405 Freeway.

The Sepulveda Pass project is expected to be complete 2033. At that time, Metro wants to connect the Orange Line in the valley to the Expo Line and the future Purple Line extension to the Westside.

Around $7.8 billion is earmarked for Sepulveda Pass improvements through a combination of Measure R, Measure M, and other sources.

To potentially speed up the project, Metro will also look at the possibility of two unsolicited Public Private Partnerships proposals coming from Parsons Transportation Group and Cintra US Services.