Canoga Avenue Orange Line Busway extension underway

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From left, MTA Board Member Richard Katz, Councilman Greig Smith, County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Councilman Dennis Zine, MTA CEO Art Leahy, and County Supervisor Michael Antonovich Aide Millie Jones.

From left, MTA Board Member Richard Katz, Councilman Greig Smith, County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Councilman Dennis Zine, MTA CEO Art Leahy, and County Supervisor Michael Antonovich Aide Millie Jones.

Construction of the Canoga Avenue extension of the Orange Line busway kicked off at a groundbreaking ceremony on June 24 at the Chatsworth Depot.   Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, Metro Board Member Richard Katz, and City and County transportation officials were among those who attended

The new 4-mile dedicated extension is expected to open in 2012 and will connect the Orange Line terminus at Warner Center to Chatsworth Depot Metrolink Train Station. It is funded with state transportation funds and with money from Measure R, which was approved by voters last year.

By interconnecting the existing Orange Line, Metro Rapid bus lines, Metrolink trains and the subway system, it will dramatically expand the public transit options for Valley commuters and reduce traffic congestion and pollution.

From left, Richard Katz; Mitch Englander, Chief of Staff to Councilman Greig Smith; Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, and Councilman Greig Smith.

From left, Richard Katz; Mitch Englander, Chief of Staff to Councilman Greig Smith; Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, and Councilman Greig Smith.

The extension will benefit from safety and operational experience gained from the MTA’s highly successful Orange Line, which saw ridership shoot up from 16,000 passengers per day to more than 21,000 per day in its first year of operation, a level not anticipated until 2020.

There will be station stops at Sherman Way, Roscoe, Nordhoff and Chatsworth, a new park & ride lot at Sherman Way, landscaped bicycle and pedestrian paths, an elevated bridge at Lassen St., privacy walls for neighbors and new traffic improvements.

For more information, visit www.metro.net/canoga.

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