Metro Sepulveda Transit Corridor Project

Summary

SCH Number
2021110432
Lead Agency
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LSCMTA)
Document Title
Metro Sepulveda Transit Corridor Project
Document Type
NOP - Notice of Preparation of a Draft EIR
Received
Present Land Use
Various
Document Description
Metro staff is initiating environmental review of six build alternatives informed by both the Sepulveda Transit Corridor Feasibility Study and concepts developed by Pre-Development Agreement (PDA) contractors. All of the alternatives described below would have a northern terminus station near the Van Nuys Metrolink/Amtrak Station and a southern terminus station near the Metro E Line (Expo) and include stations that provide connections to the Metrolink Ventura County Line, the East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor, the Metro G Line (Orange), D Line (Purple) and E Line. Alternative 1: Monorail with aerial alignment in Interstate 405 (I-405) corridor and electric bus connection to UCLA. Alternative 1 would utilize monorail technology, with automated train operations and planned peak frequencies of 2 minutes. Trains would consist of two to eight cars and are expected to consist of six cars during peak periods, with each car having a capacity of 76 to 79 passengers. The southern terminus station would be adjacent to the Metro E Line Expo/Sepulveda Station, and the northern terminus station would be adjacent to the Van Nuys Metrolink Station. The length of the alignment between the terminus stations would be 15.3 miles. The monorail guideway would be entirely aerial and generally located within the Interstate I-405 right-of-way and then adjacent to the Metrolink Ventura County Line railroad tracks between I-405 and the Van Nuys Metrolink Station. In some areas, including all stations, the guideway and passenger platforms would be located on one side of the freeway. Alternative 1 would have eight aerial monorail stations: Exposition Bl (Metro E Line), Santa Monica Bl, Wilshire Bl (Metro D Line), the Getty Center, US-101, Metro G Line, Sherman Way and the Van Nuys Metrolink Station. At Wilshire Bl, an aerial station would be located on the west side of I-405, and an electric bus shuttle would provide service along a 1.4-mile route between the Metro D Line Westwood/VA Station and UCLA Gateway Plaza, with intermediate stops at Wilshire Bl/Veteran Av and Westwood Bl/Le Conte Av. The electric bus shuttle would operate at the same frequency as the monorail. A maintenance and storage facility (MSF) for monorail vehicles would be located above the existing parking lot at the Metro G Line Sepulveda Station. Electric buses would be maintained within the existing UCLA BruinBus maintenance facility on Veteran Avenue north of Kinross Avenue. Alternative 2: Monorail with aerial alignment in Interstate 405 (I-405) corridor and aerial automated people mover connection to UCLA. Alternative 2 would utilize monorail technology, with automated train operations and planned peak frequencies of 2 minutes. Trains would consist of two to eight cars and are expected to consist of six cars during peak periods, with each car having a capacity of 76 to 79 passengers. The southern terminus station would be adjacent to the Metro E Line Expo/Sepulveda Station, and the northern terminus station would be adjacent to the Van Nuys Metrolink Station. The length of the alignment between the terminus stations would be 15.8 miles. The monorail guideway would be entirely aerial and generally located within the I-405 right-of-way and then adjacent to the Metrolink Ventura County Line railroad tracks between I-405 and the Van Nuys Metrolink Station. In some areas, including all stations, the guideway and passenger platforms would be located on one side of the freeway. Alternative 2 would have eight aerial monorail stations: Exposition Bl (Metro E Line), Santa Monica Bl, Wilshire Bl (Metro D Line), the Getty Center, US-101, Metro G Line, Sherman Way and the Van Nuys Metrolink Station. South of Santa Monica Bl and north of Sunset Bl, the alignment of Alternative 2 would be the same as that of Alternative 1. At Wilshire Bl, an aerial station would be located on the south side of the street along Veteran Av. To provide a connection to the UCLA campus, a pedestrian bridge across Wilshire Bl would connect to an aerial Automated People Mover (APM) station on the north side of the street. From there, the APM would travel on a 1.0-mile aerial guideway located primarily along Gayley Avenue to an aerial APM station near the west end of Bruin Walk on the UCLA campus. The APM would operate at the same frequency as the monorail. An MSF for monorail vehicles would be located above the existing parking lot at the Metro G Line Sepulveda Station, and an MSF for APM vehicles would be located above the existing UCLA BruinBus maintenance facility on Veteran Avenue north of Kinross Avenue. Alternative 3: Monorail with aerial alignment in Interstate 405 (I-405) corridor and underground alignment between the Getty Center and Wilshire Bl. Alternative 3 would utilize monorail technology, with automated train operations and planned peak frequencies of 2 minutes. Trains would consist of two to eight cars and are expected to consist of six cars during peak periods, with each car having a capacity of 76 to 79 passengers. The southern terminus station would be adjacent to the Metro E Line Expo/Sepulveda Station, and the northern terminus station would be adjacent to the Van Nuys Metrolink Station. The length of the alignment between the terminus stations would be 16.2 miles. The monorail guideway would be aerial for most of the alignment, with a 3.3-mile tunnel segment between the Getty Center and Wilshire Bl. The aerial alignment would generally be located within the I-405 right-of-way and then adjacent to the Metrolink Ventura County Line railroad tracks between I-405 and the Van Nuys Metrolink Station. South of Santa Monica Bl and north of the Getty Center, the alignment of Alternative 3 would be the same as that of Alternatives 1 and 2. Just south of Wilshire Bl, the alignment would diverge from the I-405 median, transition to below grade north of Wilshire Bl, and travel underneath Westwood Village and UCLA, before returning to the I-405 corridor just south of the proposed Getty Center Station. In some areas, including all aerial stations, the guideway and passenger platforms would be located on one side of the freeway. Alternative 3 would have one underground monorail station at UCLA Gateway Plaza and eight aerial monorail stations: Exposition Bl (Metro E Line), Santa Monica Bl, Wilshire Bl (Metro D Line), the Getty Center, US-101, the Metro G Line, Sherman Way and the Van Nuys Metrolink Station. An MSF for monorail vehicles would be located above the existing parking lot at the Metro G Line Sepulveda Station. Alternative 4: Heavy rail with underground alignment south of Ventura Bl and aerial alignment generally along Sepulveda Bl in the San Fernando Valley. Alternative 4 would utilize steel-wheel heavy rail transit (HRT) trains, with automated train operations and planned peak frequencies of 2.5 minutes. Trains would typically consist of three cars, with each car having a capacity of 170 passengers, but could be increased to four cars. The southern terminus station would be adjacent to the Metro E Line Expo/Sepulveda Station, and the northern terminus station would be adjacent to the Van Nuys Metrolink Station. The length of the alignment between the terminus stations would be approximately 14 miles. The alignment would be underground between the southern terminus and a portal south of Ventura Bl in the San Fernando Valley. Between this portal and Ventura Bl, the guideway would be aerial on the east side of I-405. North of Ventura Bl, the guideway would generally be located above Sepulveda Bl until curving southeast to parallel the Metrolink Ventura County Line railroad tracks. Alternative 4 would have four underground stations at Exposition Bl (Metro E Line), Santa Monica Bl, Wilshire Bl (Metro D Line) and UCLA Gateway Plaza, and four aerial stations at Ventura Bl, the Metro G Line, Sherman Way and the Van Nuys Metrolink Station. An MSF for HRT vehicles would be located west of Woodman Av south of the Metrolink Ventura County Line railroad tracks. Alternative 5: Heavy rail with underground alignment including along Sepulveda Bl in the San Fernando Valley. Alternative 5 would utilize steel-wheel HRT trains, with automated train operations and planned peak frequencies of 2.5 minutes. Trains would typically consist of three cars, with each car having a capacity of 170 passengers, but could be increased to four cars. The southern terminus station would be adjacent to the Metro E Line Expo/Sepulveda Station, and the northern terminus station would be adjacent to the Van Nuys Metrolink Station. The length of the alignment between the terminus stations would be approximately 14 miles. The alignment would be the same as that of Alternative 4, but it would be underground between the southern terminus and a portal south of the Metrolink Ventura County Line railroad tracks. Near the northern terminus, the alignment would be aerial parallel to the Metrolink Ventura County Line railroad tracks. Alternative 5 would have seven underground stations at Exposition Bl (Metro E Line), Santa Monica Bl, Wilshire Bl (Metro D Line), UCLA Gateway Plaza, Ventura Bl, the Metro G Line and Sherman Way, and one aerial station at the Van Nuys Metrolink Station. An MSF for HRT vehicles would be located west of Woodman Av south of the Metrolink Ventura County Line railroad tracks. Alternative 6: Heavy rail with entirely underground alignment including along Van Nuys Bl in the San Fernando Valley and southern terminus station on Bundy Dr. Alternative 6 would utilize the same driver-operated steel-wheel HRT trains as used on the Metro B and D lines, with planned peak frequencies of 4 minutes. Trains would consist of two, four or six cars and are expected to consist of six cars during peak periods, with each car having a capacity of 133 passengers. The southern terminus station would be adjacent to the Metro E Line Expo/Bundy Station, and the northern terminus station would be adjacent to the Van Nuys Metrolink Station. The length of the alignment between the terminus stations would be 12.6 miles. The alignment would be entirely underground, with the segment on the Westside running generally northeast between the Metro E Line Expo/Bundy Station and the UCLA campus, and the segment in the San Fernando Valley located along Van Nuys Bl. Alternative 6 would have seven underground stations at Olympic Bl (Metro E Line), Santa Monica Bl (West LA Civic Center), Wilshire Bl (Metro D Line), UCLA Gateway Plaza, Ventura Bl, the Metro G Line and the Van Nuys Metrolink Station. An MSF for HRT vehicles would be located east of Van Nuys Bl north of the Van Nuys Metrolink Station.

Contact Information

Name
Peter Carter
Agency Name
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Job Title
Project Manager
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Name
Thomas Jenkins
Agency Name
HTA Partners
Job Title
Senior Project Manager
Contact Types
Consulting Firm

Location

Cities
Culver City, Los Angeles, Santa Monica
Counties
Los Angeles
Regions
Countywide, Southern California
Cross Streets
Various
Zip
Various
Total Acres
Varies
Parcel #
Various
State Highways
I-405, US 101, I-10
Railways
Various
Airports
Van Nuys, LAX
Schools
Various
Waterways
Various

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Baldwin Hills Conservancy (BHC), California Coastal Commission (CCC), California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Marin Region 7 (CDFW), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, South Coast Region 5 (CDFW), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 7 (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation Planning (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Natural Resources Agency, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Los Angeles Region 4 (RWQCB), California Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy (SMMC), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, Santa Monica Bay Restoration, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality, California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC)
Development Types
Transportation:Rail (New Heavy Rail and Monorail Transit Lines are proposed)
Local Actions
Site Plan
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Drainage/Absorption, Economics/Jobs, Energy, Flood Plain/Flooding, Geology/Soils, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Growth Inducement, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Mandatory Findings of Significance, Mineral Resources, Noise, Population/Housing, Public Services, Recreation, Schools/Universities, Septic System, Sewer Capacity, Solid Waste, Transportation, Tribal Cultural Resources, Utilities/Service Systems, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian, Wildfire

Attachments

Draft Environmental Document [Draft IS, NOI_NOA_Public notices, OPR Summary Form, Appx,]
Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form
State Comment Letters [Comments from state reviewing agencies]

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