Van Nuys, Calif. – The Valley Industry & Commerce Association (VICA) welcomes today’s recommendation from the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) Planning and Programming Committee for the approval of a 9.2 mile East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor project with light rail transit as the preferred alternative.
VICA President Stuart Waldman said:
“For years, VICA has led advocacy and coalition-building efforts to grow support for bringing rail to the San Fernando Valley. We are thrilled this is finally becoming a reality.
“This recommendation is a crucial step toward delivering on the promise made to voters. A light rail system will spur economic development in ways a bus system never could.
“Metro has recognized the opportunity presented by the implementation of Measure M to once again connect the Valley with a high capacity rail transportation system. This is exactly what Valley residents voted for when they stood with VICA and supported Measure M.
“It is time to usher in a new era of mobility and connectivity for our region. By bringing rail back to the Valley, we will alleviate cross-town traffic, improve the flow of goods and services and raise the quality of life throughout the San Fernando Valley. This is just the start, and we look forward to the Sepulveda Transit Corridor and Orange Line conversion to light rail.”
The mission of the Valley Industry & Commerce Association (VICA) is to enhance the economic vitality of the greater San Fernando Valley region by advocating for a better business climate and quality of life. Visit www.vica.com for more information.