The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday voted in support of repealing 1991’s Senate Bill 211, which bans the installation of light rail transit along the Metro Orange Line route through the San Fernando Valley.
The motion, which was was introduced by Councilman Tom LaBonge and seconded by Councilmember Paul Kortez, calls for the repeal of the state law which, which bans a light rail from being built in North Hollywood all the way to Hazeltine Avenue in Sherman Oaks/Van Nuys.
LaBonge's resolution "supports any legislative and/or administrative action by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) which would prioritize the development of rail-based transit for corridors with the highest ridership in the San Fernando Valley in its Long Range Transportation Plan,” LaBonge said in a released statement.According to LaBonge's office, the state law prohibits even the study of rail transit on the Orange Line corridor.
"The Orange Line right of way was once rail and should be rail again," LaBonge said during the city council meeting. "The overwhelming popularity of the dedicated bus line shows that Angelenos will use public transit when it is fast and efficient. These riders deserve a rail line and the increased capacity that it will bring."
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