A committee of the San Fernando Valley Council of Governments has given its support to three public transit projects proposed by a coalition of business, political and community leaders.
The recommendation by the six-member Transportation Ad Hoc Committee on Monday will now go to the full 13-member council for a vote. If the council approves, the recommendations will go to L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, or Metro.
The three rail projects receiving support were proposed by Valley on Track, a coalition created a year ago by the Valley Industry & Commerce Association, a business advocacy group in Sherman Oaks.
The rail projects will carry a hefty price tag and would take, in some cases, decades to build. The projects are replacing the Orange Line busway with rail; putting a light rail system on Van Nuys Boulevard to connect the Sylmar Metrolink station with Ventura Boulevard; and connecting the Valley with the Westside by burrowing a train tunnel through the Santa Monica Mountains and down the Sepulveda Pass.
Altogether, the price tag could reach into the $10 billion range.
“It's good to see our local officials advocating for investment in Valley transit, without which our traffic problems will only worsen,” said VICA President Stuart Waldman in a prepared statement.
The Valley Council of Governments was formed in 2010 and is led by city council members and county supervisors from the jurisdictions of Burbank, Glendale, San Fernando, Santa Clarita, Los Angeles County and the seven Los Angeles city council districts serving the San Fernando Valley.
The council board is scheduled to meet July 16 to discuss its transportation recommendations to Metro.