Sepulveda Pass transit corridor
Savings in the Billions
The I-405 Sepulveda Pass Transit Corridor is one of the most significant projects Metro will ever take on and the key to our entire plan. It is THE major link the Valley has to the West Side of Los Angeles AND is also the only way the Valley has to access LAX directly. If the SF Valley were its own city, it would rank as the 5th largest city in the US. With over 1.7 million people and a mountain range between it and the job rich West Side, only a high capacity, high speed transit option will do.
Under the Measure M Expenditure Plan put out by Metro, the Sepulveda Pass Transit Corridor's full phase build out has an allocation of $9.7 BILLION. This is the most expensive project Metro has ever planned and; for many reasons, is a bloated proposition because of the single issue that Light Rail and Heavy Rail trains are not adept at ascending and descending steep hills while maintaining speeds that are fast and safe. This adds billions as the alignment would then need to be a tunnel rather than an elevated alignment along Sepulveda bl and the 405. Mayor Garcetti's proposal of a monorail capable of climbing is a great idea which can save Billions; but standard monorails have a maximum speed of 55 mph, and thats not with climbing a hill...! How do we get a high capacity/high speed train option that will be fiscally responsible through this tough corridor?
BY GOING "HY!"
Current Allotment: $9.7 Billion
Est. HyRail Cost: $4.4-$6.6 Billion*
Savings: $3-5 Billion
*Costs does not include tunnel option
KEEP COSTS LOW BY...
Building an elevated HyRail line capable of climbing steep inclines and going speeds above 100mph
Keep the line along either the 405 and/or Sepulveda bl. ONLY
Create a transfer station at VA Purple line for access to Westwood & beyond
DO NOT veer rail line into Westwood
Is a UCLA stop worth the Billions extra in tunneling costs through the pass?
If UCLA badly needs direct connection, build people mover to school for $300-$400m
The Sepulveda Pass will serve a diverse range of needs and people; from commuters to travelers, to residents doing to leisure activities. Our vision for the corridor would include building express 4 Track alignments in and around stations to create LA's first local and express line. With HyRail's low costs, we can build 4 tracks for less than the price of 2 for Light Rail. This express service creates the possibility of Valley to LAX travel in under 15 min no matter the time of day. Metro can create a new revenue generator by charging a premium to access LAX via the express service.
Many major cities around the world have transit systems with both local and express service and it's time LA get one in its most dynamic corridor.
THE KEY TO THE HILLS IS (s)LIM
The north side of the Sepulveda pass has a 5% incline, which is quite steep. The average Heavy and Light Rail train can climb 3.5% Because the corridor goes through the Santa Monica Mountains, HyRail was chosen for its Induction Motor (LIM) which is ideal for ascending and descending the terrain. Much like the Vancouver SkyTrain and JFK Airtrain in New York; HyRail relies on the magnets of the Induction motor (not friction) for propulsion and braking, making it the quickest and safest option. Metal pad brakes are available for emergency only. With HyRail's updated LIM to a Segmented R.P. Induction Motor capable of inclines at 10%, this train can deliver people to their destination faster.
WEST SIDE SAVINGS.
With up to $5 Billion to spare, the funds can be allocated to other west side projects like a HyRail line from West Hollywood down Venice bl to Silicon Beach (~$1.5B) and a line up Lincoln Bl linking Santa Monica and LAX (~$1.5B).
THE BIG KAHUNA
The major line yet unfunded in LA is the Harbor Subdivision. Learn more about how the Sepulveda Pass can help fund this.
Sepulveda Pass Quad gives direct access to LAX with funds avail to construct other westside rail projects.