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Reader Reactions: A Busway Up Van Nuys Blvd & More Rail Service in the Valley
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In anticipation of today's City Council Transportation Committee meeting, last Friday we posted about a study of north-south transit corridors in the San Fernando Valley, which concluded that the city should further study a busway along Van Nuys Boulevard and more rail service, possibly linking the North Hollywood Station to the Sylmar Metrolink station. Readers had a lot say about this.
Whether it's tracks or busway, Van Nuys Boulevard could use more public transit. The Metro 761 is absolutely packed during both rush hours. Either way, it would be good to have a divided section for public transit so that they could use the triple bike racks that the Orange Line uses. Lots of people are multimodal along that route.
Bob Zwolinski noted:
It’s funny that Van Nuys Blvd HAD a 2-track Pacific Electric rail line in its median until Dec 1952. Just like the Long Beach line and the Expo Line... We’re putting something right back where we ripped it up 50-60 years ago.
A busway on Van Nuys Blvd would have to eliminate parking and underground crossings of major streets would require expensive stations....
That's true, the study says "approximately 900 on-street parking spaces would also have to be restricted during peak periods or removed completely" if lanes are converted for a busway or buslane.
Scott Mercer opined:
The Red Line should not continue to Sylmar, it should go underground to the Bob Hope Airport and downtown Burbank, and end there.
But Kymberleigh said:
The Red Line extension to Sylmar is a non-starter as well, because the lowest ridership segment of existing bus service on San Fernando Rd. at present is between Burbank and Sylmar. And while there will always be dreamers who think Bob Hope Airport is a logical extension destination, the reality is that people do not take public transit to airports in sufficient numbers to justify that expense. There are a lot of holes in this "pie-in-the-sky" study. I'm just pointing out the obvious ones.