By Ben Spencer
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has approved two contracts with a combined value of $133 million for pre-development work on the Sepulveda Transit Corridor Project. This project is planned to connect the San Fernando Valley with the Westside and eventually LAX (Los Angeles International Airport) via a high-speed, transit line.
LA Metro says the primary travel option for most people currently is driving the I-405 freeway through the Sepulveda Pass, which is one of the most congested roadways in the US. Engineering company Bechtel and a team of private partners received $69.9m contract to further develop a heavy rail transit solution concept. More than 60% of the heavy rail would travel underground, with the remainder of the line travelling primarily in an aerial section.
A Valley to Westside trip is expected to take under 20 minutes while the estimated costs for construction are at $10.8 billion. In a separate contract, LA SkyRail Express was awarded $63.6m to further develop its proposed monorail concept that would be an aerial alignment primarily within the I-405 right-of-way between the Valley and Westside. Proposed […]
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