Orange Line Busway to Open June 30

Metro to offer free rides from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. that day, along with celebrations at the Canoga Park and Chatsworth stations.

A four-mile extension of the Metro Orange Line busway from Canoga Park to Chatsworth will open to the public June 30.

Metro plans to offer free rides on the extension from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. that day, along with celebrations at the Canoga Park and Chatsworth stations.

The extension, which travels largely along Canoga Avenue, features stations at Sherman Way, Roscoe Boulevard, Nordhoff Street and at the Chatsworth Metrolink Station.

"We're thrilled that the Orange Line Extension will open earlier than anticipated and that the contractor is completing it well within budget," said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who chairs the Metro Board of Directors.

According to Metro, the extension includes new bus platforms at the Canoga Park station and an elevated crossing at Lassen Street in Chatsworth to separate the busway from the Metrolink railroad tracks. There will also be a park-and-ride lot at the Sherman Way station and additional parking at the Chatsworth station.

The existing Orange Line between Canoga Park and North Hollywood has more than 25,000 daily boardings, according to Metro.

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Leigh Datzker May 30, 2012 at 01:44 AM
The logical extension for the Orange Line is to convert the "Costco on Roscoe," to an entertainment center, which would encourage bus usage and crowds away from Warner Center. Just think what a movie theater and some restaurants would do for the area, plus provide an oasis or hydration station for those who use the bikeway or walkways for their workouts.
Dunny May 30, 2012 at 08:07 AM
The logical exstension for the orange line is to take the tires off the wheels so the buses can ride on rails and move enough people to make a dent in the car culture. Then again, everyone will trade in their cars for one of the limited seats on a bus that stops at the same stop lights their cars do with the added benefit of having to change seats to a subway before getting to work. Why no other community in Los Angeles traded in their light or heavy rail for buses is a mystery.
Leigh Datzker May 30, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Actually the Red Car was practical transit until the 1960's when the buses and Genreal Motors took over while the valley expanded North and West.. Walt Disney offered to build Monorails up the center of the Hollywood and Ventura Freeways which would have been the best solution. L.A. sat on its hands while San Francisco built the BART in the 70's and now we're expending billions for rail transit. No mystery, just plain old politics and corporate greed overshadowing the transit issues in Los Angeles.
Helen S. Murphy May 30, 2012 at 02:34 PM
A good Idea.
kevin June 01, 2012 at 10:47 PM
problem is,by the time you are close enough to park and catch a ride on the "new" orange line. you might as well drive to where you are going. the orange line does not end or drop you off any where near any attraction. you get off and find out where the next bus is that will take you to victory bussway or find a buss to take you to ventura.


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