February 2022 News from the Bel Air-Beverly Crest Neighborhood Council

Posted on 04/19/2022

METRO SEPULVEDA PLANNERS CAUTIONED
BY NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL
 
The Board of Directors of the Bel Air Beverly Crest Neighborhood Council has urged the Metro Sepulveda planners to use increased caution in developing their plans for high speed public rapid transportation through the Sepulveda Pass.
 
Traffic Committee Conclusion
Given the huge cost of the proposed project and capacity of the 405 Freeway, the same money spent immediately on low/zero emission buses that connect through the Sepulveda Pass is likely to be a far more cost effective and climate-smart alternative. One project alternative should include expansion of the bus system using express lanes on the 405 instead of a rail project.

The Project alternatives conspicuously lack an underground alternative that uses the existing transit corridor and property under the 405 Freeway

Other committee comments were:
 
Metro Study Area Too Small
“The study area defined for the Project is too small. Impacts to any canyon road in terms of traffic (e.g., during construction) have spillover effects that extend several canyons over because of the few north-south routes through the hills. The study area should be extended eastward to at least include through Franklin Canyon.

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