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    Warner Center Shuttle Delivers on the Promises of Measure M
    Van Nuys, Calif. – The Valley Industry & Commerce Association (VICA) strongly endorses Metro’s new Warner Center Shuttle, which will help riders get where they want to go more quickly and more efficiently.
    VICA President Stuart Waldman said:
    “The Warner Center shuttle changes are an important step toward providing more transit-resources for this vibrant and unique mixed-use community. This new line will immediately improve opportunities for residents, employees, customers and students to connect to important community resources.
    “For years, VICA has advocated for more resources for the Orange Line, which has been a victim of its own success. VICA made sure that dedicated funding for improvements to the Orange Line and its eventual conversion to light rail would be part of Metro’s Measure M. Overall, these improvements will meet ridership demands and help the Valley stay on track as it builds a transit system fit for the twenty-first century.”
    Waldman attended today’s press conference hosted by Metro in celebration of the new line, where VICA Immediate Past Chair Coby King, Councilmember Bob Blumenfield and Metro Senior Director of Services Scott Page offered remarks.
    In his speech, King thanked Blumenfield for fighting to ensure that the Orange Line improvements were at the top of Metro’s agenda following the implementation of Measure M.
    “We saw back in 2005 when the Orange Line first opened [that] there were a lot of predictions about how many people it would serve… Within six months it was basically at capacity.” King continued, “The truth of the matter was that if we provided high-quality transit, people in the Valley will use it.”
    “Today we are here to celebrate this line, this shuttle, which is going to serve all of Warner Center and is going to be extremely valuable for so many people that live, work and play around here,” King said. “We really think that the development according to the Warner Center-specific plan is going to be another opportunity to really make the Orange Line be what it can be in terms of serving the entire Valley.”
    The Warner Center Shuttle is set to open on Sunday, June 24 and will increase the number of stops along Warner Center from one to 10. It will allow community members to connect to resources such as the Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Medical Center, Pierce College, Westfield Topanga and the Village, and the Warner Center Corporate Park.
    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.
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