For Sepulveda Pass Rail, Majority Of Respondents Want Underground Train
The Sepulveda Pass Transit Corridor, which will connect the Westside to the Valley through the Orange line, is still years away from being built, but a recent Metro survey revealed that 37% of respondents prefer an underground rail option versus the 26% that favor a monorail.
The difference between the options: The underground rail option would take longer to build — about 15 years — but offer a quicker commute. The monorail could be completed in about 12 years, but would ultimately provide slower commutes.
The need is great: Metro spokesperson Dave Sotero said the two existing options for traveling the route that the Sepulveda Pass rail line will cover — the 405 Freeway or Sepulveda Blvd. — are both pretty bad. "If you look at the Sepulveda Pass, you can see a clear need for an alternative to driving on the 405 through the pass,” he said. “I mean, it's a nightmare most days." The project is expected to open between 2033 and 2035.