Four route concepts released for a new LAX rail link

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USA: Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority started consultations on Sepulveda Transit Corridor project connecting San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles International Airport.

Metro officials have presented six initial concepts for the future rail line, which were developed as part of an ongoing feasibility study for the project.

Four different types of rail are being studied - heavy rail, light rail, monorail and rubber-tire transit.

According to the Metro the emphasis at this time is to look at how a Sepulveda rail line could connect to other existing or planned transit lines, including the Orange and Expo Lines, the Purple Line Extension of the subway that is currently under construction and the future East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor line between Van Nuys and the San Fernando/Sylmar Metrolink station.

Measures R and M — Metro’s two most recent sales tax measures — provide about $9.8 billion for this project, which will be built in three phases. About $260 million will go toward construction of ExpressLanes on the 405 between the 10 and 101 freeways, with a scheduled opening in 2026. The next $5.7 billion is for the Valley to Westside rail segment scheduled to open in the early 2030s and the remaining $3.8 billion is for the Westside to LAX segment with a 2057 opening.

Metro is working with Elon Musk’s Boring Company to ensure their Loop tunnel project doesn’t interfere with any potential alignments for the Sepulveda project. The Boring Company plans to build a test tunnel beginning near the Expo Line’s Sepulveda Station that will run south to Culver City. 

Metro will continue evaluating these concepts and hopes to conclude the project’s feasibility study in 2019.