For several decades, business and community leaders have sought high-capacity rapid transit
solutions for the I-405 Corridor from the San Fernando Valley to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). While the proposed technologies have run the gamut from high-speed monorail or maglev to high-speed rail or subway, the proposed rapid transit initiatives have all
shared several key common objectives:
+ Link the historically underserved Valley to local, regional, and statewide transit,
highway, and airport transportation hubs and activity centers with highspeed, high-capacity service;
+ Overcome the natural barrier to travel represented by the Santa Monica Mountains and provide a viable alternative to the I-405, the most congested auto corridor in the country,
over the Sepulveda Pass;
+ Provide direct, efficient connections throughout the corridor, not only to Metro’s bus and rail transit network, but also to major mixed-use centers along the route, such as UCLA, the
Westside, and the South Bay area surrounding LAX, as well as LAX itself;
+ Select a rapid transit solution with the speed and capacity to be readily extended northward across the Valley and perhaps beyond; and southward through the South Bay communities to ultimately link Los Angeles and Long Beach with Orange County;
+ Achieve all of the above objectives by selecting a proven, yet affordable, rapid transit technology that will be compatible with the diverse and sensitive communities along the route.
In view of this unique history, it came as no surprise that the Sepulveda/405 Corridor is one of the primary rapid transit projects that was overwhelmingly approved by the voters of Los Angeles County for implementation through the passage of Measure M in 2016.