Congressman Sherman Celebrates the 15th Anniversary of Metro’s Orange Line
Washington, D.C. – Today, October 29, marks the 15th anniversary of the Metro’s Orange Line. The Orange Line is an 18-mile bus rapid transit system that runs through the San Fernando Valley from Chatsworth to North Hollywood with a planned eventual conversion to light rail within Metro’s masterplan. It has helped residents of the Valley connect to other essential public transportation systems and has helped reduce traffic on the 101 Freeway.
“I am very pleased with the success of the Metro Orange Line which has served commuters in the Valley for fifteen years,” said Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks).
“However, much work is still needed to alleviate congestion and improve transit service throughout the San Fernando Valley. Our next priority should be to build a subway through the Sepulveda Pass, from the Valley to LAX, with connections to both the existing Orange Line and the West Los Angeles Purple Line, now under construction. Well-designed projects not only provide jobs for those who build them, but improve our regional economy and competitiveness, and thus help create jobs in all economic sectors.”
The Orange line has rapidly become one of the nation’s most successful Bus Rapid Transit Lines, accommodating 74 million boardings in the last decade, according to LA Metro.
Congressman Sherman worked to secure federal funds for construction of the Orange Line, which now carries a daily average of 30,000 riders along a dedicated busway from Warner Center in Woodland Hills to the North Hollywood Red Line Station. That project also included a bicycle and pedestrian path, as well as the Warner Center Transit Hub. In 2012, the Orange Line was extended from the Warner Center area to the Chatsworth Metrolink Station.