Metro is making strides to improve travel between the San Fernando Valley, the Westside and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
Location: San Fernando Valley, Westside Cities
Phase: Early Planning
Type: Better Transit
Forecasted Opening: 2033-2035 (service to connect the San Fernando Valley and the Westside) and 2057-2059 (extending service from the Westside to LAX)
Metro’s Sepulveda Transit Corridor Project is part of our plan to make it easier to get around, creating better transit between the San Fernando Valley, the Westside and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). This high-capacity rail line will help take cars off the road and provide more traveling options.
The natural barrier created by the Santa Monica Mountains makes the I-405 one of the busiest freeways in the nation. Metro recognizes that more than one solution will be needed to help reduce congestion, so we are also pursuing the I-405 Comprehensive Multimodal Corridor Plan and I-405 Sepulveda Pass ExpressLanes in this area.
Metro completed a feasibility study in November 2019. The Metro Board approved pre-development agreements with two firms in March 2020 to pursue a potential public-private partnership to accelerate and deliver the San Fernando Valley to Westside section of this project. Metro expects to begin the environmental review process in Fall 2021.
The first phase of this project, connecting the San Fernando Valley and Westside, is slated to open for service between 2033-35. The second phase, between the Westside and LAX, is expected to open for service between 2057-2059.