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The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) yesterday issued a request for proposals to study the feasibility of building a new transit line through the Sepulveda Pass.The agency is seeking a consultant to identify and evaluate a range of high-capacity transit concepts, including light rail, subway and bus rapid transit. The line would serve the 11-mile corridor connecting Metro's Orange Line bus route in the San Fernando Valley with the future extension of the Purple Line subway.The new route also would connect with the Metro Expo Line on L.A.'s Westside, Metro officials said in a press release."The Sepulveda Pass remains one of the most intractable choke points in the entire L.A. region, impacting hundreds of thousands of motorists on a daily basis," said John Fasana, a Metro board member. "That's why we are laser-focused on finding a transit solution that will finally give Angelenos a choice to avoid this freeway’s rush-hour gridlock."The feasibility study is expected to take about 14 months to complete. The project has an "ultimate delivery date" of 2033, according to the agency.The Sepulveda Pass project would receive $1 billion through Metro's 2008 Measure R sales tax and another $6.8 billion through the recently passed Measure M sales tax and other funding sources.
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