VICA Commends Metro Board Approval to Build Light Rail Line for the East San Fernando Valley Transit Project
Van Nuys, Calif. – The Valley Industry & Commerce Association (VICA) celebrates Metro’s decision today to move forward with light rail for the East San Fernando Valley Corridor, a brand new 9.2-mile connection along Van Nuys Blvd. from the Sylmar/San Fernando Metrolink station to the Metro Orange Line Van Nuys Station. For years, VICA has been advocating to bring light rail to the San Fernando Valley, and today’s decision by the Metro Board will spur economic opportunities for local residents. When completed in 2027, the light rail line will allow local residents and visitors from across the Valley and Los Angeles access to shops, restaurants and other amenities such as hospitals, schools and the Van Nuys Civic Center.
VICA President Stuart Waldman said:
“Today’s approval of light rail for the East Valley Transit Corridor is a crucial step toward delivering on the promise made to voters. For years, VICA has led advocacy and coalition-building efforts to grow support for bringing rail to the San Fernando Valley. This is exactly what Valley residents voted for when they stood with VICA and supported Measure M. We are thrilled this is finally becoming a reality.
“A light rail system will spur economic development in the historically underserved neighborhoods of the East Valley in ways a bus system never could. Increased mobility and accessibility allows communities and businesses to flourish and grow. Bringing light rail back to the San Fernando Valley will be transformative for residents, businesses, employees and consumers.
“It is time to build a twenty-first century transportation system for our region. By building rail in the Valley, we will alleviate cross-town traffic, improve the flow of goods and services and raise the quality of life in the San Fernando Valley and throughout Los Angeles County. This is just the start, and we look forward to building future connections with the Sepulveda Transit Corridor and the conversion of the Orange Line 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.