Los Angeles transportation officials considering transit lines using Sepulveda Pass to connect the west side and the San Fernando Valley say the cost estimates range from $9.8 billion to $13.4 billion.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said Tuesday it has four options — three routes using heavy rail trains of the kind already in use on its subways and a fourth route using a monorail.

Two of the possible routes are entirely underground, which adds the expense of tunneling.

A transit line would give commuters an option to Interstate 405, which uses the pass to cut through the Santa Monica Mountains but is notoriously jammed. Metro says travel times on the 13- to 15-mile (21 to 24-kilometer) route would most often be faster than driving.

More information about the project can be found online at https://thesource.metro.net/ and there are upcoming community meetings to learn more about the project. They will be held:


Saturday, July 27, 10 a.m. – noon

Veterans Memorial Building

4117 Overland Ave.

Culver City, CA 90230


Tuesday, July 30, 6 – 8 p.m.

St. Paul the Apostle Church

10750 Ohio Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90024


Saturday, Aug. 3, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Marvin Braude Constituent Service Center

6262 Van Nuys Blvd.

Van Nuys, CA 91401

This will be a bilingual meeting. The English presentation will be at 10:30 a.m.; the Spanish presentation will be at 11:45 a.m.

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