Democratic Transportation Bill includes over $21 million Requested by Congressman Sherman for the San Fernando Valley
Washington, D.C. - Congressman Brad Sherman announced today that the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure approved more than $21 million for San Fernando Valley road improvements and mass-transit projects requested by Congressman Sherman. The bill now heads to the House floor where passage is expected, and then to the Senate.
In April of this year, Sherman testified before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee urging them to provide additional federal funding for the transit needs of the San Fernando Valley. In his testimony, Congressman Sherman specifically requested funding to construct a subway through the Sepulveda Pass that would connect the San Fernando Valley with the east-west Purple Line, which is now under construction.
“Every day, 400,000 commuters in 383,000 cars drive between the Valley and the Westside of Los Angeles on the 405-freeway as it runs for nine miles through the Sepulveda Pass,” Sherman testified earlier this year. “The daily commuter spends an average of 56 hours sitting in traffic in the Sepulveda Pass every year. That's 56 hours a year on top of the rest of their commute.”
“Alleviating congestion in the Sepulveda Pass is a priority for the residents of the San Fernando Valley, Southern California, and our national infrastructure,” Sherman said.
Congressman Sherman also requested funding for numerous projects to improve local road safety in the Valley. Sherman was joined by Rep. Lieu in requesting funding for the Sepulveda Transit Corridor and Rep. Schiff in requesting funds for pedestrian safety and infrastructure for electric vehicles in Burbank.
Below is a list of the projects approved this week by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, requested by Congressman Sherman.
$10,000,000 for the Sepulveda Transit Corridor to advance the construction of a future Metro line through the Sepulveda Pass
$5,000,000 for the I–405 Sepulveda Pass Express Lanes to alleviate congestion in the Sepulveda Pass and possible addition of a second ExpressLane
$2,000,000 for the Olive/Magnolia Bridge Safety Barrier Rail Project to improve pedestrian safety in Burbank
$1,000,000 for the 5 and 134 Freeway Electric Vehicle DC Fast Charging Network
$1,000,000 for a Cool Neighborhood Projects to provide urban cooling, urban greening, pedestrian, and public health improvements in and around Canoga Park
$710,400 for a New Traffic Signal at Plummer and White Oak Avenue in Northridge
$710,000 for a New Traffic Signal at Morrison and Sepulveda in Sherman Oaks
$500,000 for the Tarzana Crossing Great Streets Project to help increase pedestrian safety in and around the Orange Line Bus Station
$400,000 for the Chandler Blvd Bike Path to assist in completing a continuous route of protected and off-street bikeways in and around Valley Village