The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority started accepting public comment Friday on the environmental report for the planned East San Fernando Valley Light Rail project.
Metro will accept public comments until Nov. 2, and two virtual meetings related to the report and the project will be held, with one in English and one in Spanish.
The project website was also equipped Friday with a virtual platform and new video in English and Spanish, Metro stated.
The planned 9.2-mile light rail line would connect the G Line (formerly Orange) with the Sylmar/San Fernando Metrolink Station along Van Nuys Boulevard and the San Fernando rail right-of-way.
The project is planned to consist of 14 light rail stations between the Van Nuys G Line Station and Sylmar/San Fernando Metrolink Station using Van Nuys Boulevard and the San Fernando Rail right-of-way, providing numerous easy transfers between Metro, Metrolink and Amtrak lines in the San Fernando Valley, Metro stated.
End-to-end light rail trips would take 30 minutes compared to bus trips that take at least 48 minutes Friday, the agency stated.
The environmental impact report can be accessed at www.metro.net/eastsfvtransit, and hard copies can be requested by calling 818-701-3844.
Members of the public will be able to ask questions during the meetings, which will be held from:
— 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 14 in English, with Armenian interpretation available by request, at the Zoom link bit.ly/ESFV-Oct14 and passcode 867267. People can join by phone at 1-669-900-9128 or 1-346-248-7799 or 1-253-215-8782; and
— 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 26 in Spanish at the Zoom link bit.ly/ESFV-Oct26 and passcode 605402. People can join by phone at the same numbers as the English meeting.
Metro officials stated content at both meetings will be the same.
Requests for assistance for people living with disabilities or translations can call for reasonable accommodations at least three working days before the meeting, and people can call 213-393-3905 or California Relay Services at 711 for details.
The project is scheduled to begin construction in 2022 and could be built in phases depending on available funding. It is anticipated to open in 2028.
Following the public review period, the Metro Board will consider the report as soon as November or December. Once the board certifies the report and if it approves the project, the Federal Transit Administration would then issue a decision on it.