The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) on May 10 issued a Letter of Intent (LOI) to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) announcing DOT’s intention to obligate funds for the first phase of the East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor light rail line.
The 6.7-mile LRT would add a north-south connection between Pacoima and Van Nuys. It will include 11 stations and link to LACMTA’s G (Orange) Bus Rapid Transit line and the Metrolink Ventura County line. It is the second project to be considered as part of the U.S. DOT’s Expedited Project Delivery (EPD) Pilot Program.
The LOI lays out several conditions that LACMTA must meet in the next two years to allow the project to be considered for a Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA) as part of the EPD Pilot Program. The maximum federal share of the project would be limited to $908.75 million, which is 25% of the current capital project cost of $3.635 billion. FTA said it intends to obligate the lesser of $908.75 million, or 25% of the final net capital project cost. FTA noted it “is required by law to evaluate proposed EPD Pilot Program projects against a number of criteria and ensure grant recipients demonstrate the technical, legal and financial capability to carry out their projects. FTA will continue to work closely with LACMTA to further advance the project toward an FFGA under the EPD Pilot Program.
“The East San Fernando Valley Corridor is one of the busiest transit corridors in the nation,” said U.S. Transportation Deputy Secretary Polly Trottenberg. “This project will help connect residents to local and regional destinations and activity centers. This announcement is a big step toward creating more transit options, a better commute and cleaner air for residents in the San Fernando Valley and all of Los Angeles.”“This project will give residents all over the Los Angeles metro area a convenient and reliable option to get to work, school, shopping, recreation and healthcare,” said Ray Tellis, FTA Region 9 Administrator. “Adding this line will help reduce traffic jams and alleviate the climate impact that comes with them.”