Advocating for Transportation Projects
Valley leaders at Sen. Hertzberg's second Transportation Summit, held on March 3, 2016 at California State University, Northridge. From left: Valley Industry and Commerce Association President Stuart Waldman, CSUN Vice President for Administration and Finance and CFO Colin Donahue, former Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, Los Angeles City Planning Commissioner Richard Katz, CSUN AS President Jorge Reyes, CSUN President Dianne F. Harrison, Metro Los Angeles Deputy Chief Executive Officer Stephanie Wiggins, Sen. Bob Hertzberg, Councilmember Mitch Englander and Valley Economic Alliance President and CEO Kenn Phillips.
LETTER TO CONSTITUENTS: What Measure M Provides to the San Fernando Valley
Nov. 28, 2016
Earlier this month, Los Angeles County voters passed Measure M, which increases the county sales tax by a half cent and will raise an estimated $120 billion for transportation funding over the next 40 years. You may be wondering exactly what this means to you. Here are major projects included for the San Fernando Valley and when they are scheduled to be started and completed:
- North San Fernando Valley Bus Rapid Transit Improvements (Start: 2019, Complete: 2023) Creates an east-west bus rapid transit line serving CSUN and the North San Fernando Valley.
- Orange Line Improvements (Start: 2019, Complete: 2025) Upgrades the current Orange Line bus rapid transit service with grade separations allowing buses to bypass several key intersections to improve bus speeds and passenger travel times.
- Bus Rapid Transit, North Hollywood to Gold Line (Start: 2020, Complete: 2022) Creates a 15.3-mile, east-west bus rapid transit service connecting the Orange and Red Lines at North Hollywood Station to the Gold Line Rail in Pasadena.
- East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor (Start: 2021, Complete: 2027) Creates a high-capacity transit line running north-south with 14 stations, connecting Van Nuys Orange Line Station and Sylmar/San Fernando Metrolink Station.
- Sepulveda Pass Transit Corridor Improvements (Start: 2024, Complete First Phase: 2026, Complete Second Phase: 2033) Relieves traffic congestion through the Sepulveda Pass along I-405 by adding two express lanes in each direction along the freeway from I-10 to US-101 to provide express bus service connecting the San Fernando Valley to Westwood.
Thank you for your input and support. These projects will immensely benefit the San Fernando Valley, and I applaud everyone who advocated for the projects and fought to get them funded. If you have any questions, please call my staff, who would be glad to assist you, at (818) 901-5588.
NORTHRIDGE -- As bus and rail ridership sags across the region, the drumbeat rose this week for a likely sales tax measure that could fund transit projects into the middle of the century — with a “fair share” finally devoted to the San Fernando Valley.
But at the 11th hour of planning for Valley rail upgrades from the Orange Line to Van Nuys Boulevard to the Sepulveda Pass, many requested Cal State Northridge be added to the tax measure mix. Project proposals for a November ballot are expected to be released this month.
“It’s hard. It’s difficult,” said state Sen. Robert M. Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, host of a second Valley Transportation Summit at CSUN on Thursday evening. “I have my own view of fair share.
For a year, San Fernando Valley officials were divided over how to divvy up billions of dollars from a proposed transit tax so commuters got the biggest boost for their bucks. No more.
A day after Los Angeles County transit officials chose to seek voter approval this fall for a 1-cent sales tax to fund the most ambitious urban rail and highway overhaul in the nation, Valley officials Friday stood united in favor of the plan.