Today, Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) hailed the opening of the Metro Orange Line Extension as an important milestone in improving regional connectivity and encouraging Valley commuters to use public transit. The four-mile extension along Canoga Avenue features four new stations, a bikeway/pedestrian path, a park and ride lot at the Sherman Way Station, as well as additional parking at the Chatsworth Station. The project was delivered under budget by $61.6 million and months ahead of schedule.
"Orange Line commuters can now travel 18 miles from Chatsworth to North Hollywood with stops at important activity centers along the route," said Congressman Sherman. "We should now focus our efforts on building a grade-separated transit system through the Sepulveda Pass connecting the San Fernando Valley with the Westside. Ultimately, we need to develop a system that can rapidly connect transit riders from the Orange Line to the Westside Subway Extension in Westwood and eventually south to LAX," added Sherman.
Congressman Sherman has urged local transportation officials to develop alternatives to improve transit through the Sepulveda Pass, connecting the San Fernando Valley and Westside of Los Angeles. Sherman is also working to secure federal funding to assist Metro in developing alternatives for the Sepulveda Pass Corridor project. Funding of $1 billion was allocated for this project in Measure R. On June 20, 2012, Metro staff released an interim planning study highlighting some of the proposed alternatives that will be further studied in an alternatives analysis.
Following the opening of the Orange Line in 2005, Sherman urged the Metro Board of Directors to develop plans and dedicate resources toward the extension of the Orange Line north along the Metro-owned railroad right-of-way parallel to Canoga Avenue.
Congressman Sherman secured funding in previous federal transportation bills to assist with construction of the 14-mile Orange Line and the Warner Center Transit Hub, as well as a new entrance to Pierce College from the Winnetka Station to help students that use the busway to easily access the campus.