File #: 2017-0505   
Type: Motion / Motion Response Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 7/14/2017 In control: Board of Directors - Regular Board Meeting
On agenda: 7/19/2017 Final action:
Title: WE THEREFORE MOVE that the Metro Board: AUTHORIZE a study of the Metrolink Antelope Valley Line (AVL) between Burbank and Lancaster that determines a range of frequency of service to maximize regional accessibility throughout the day; assesses the status of existing tracks, culverts, tunnels, crossings and other infrastructure which limits operational flexibility & service reliability; recommends needed infrastructure & capital improvements (in level of priority) to support the range of frequency of service, service reliability, safety, and on-time performance, including latest technologies in rail propulsion, controls and rail stock; estimates the costs associated with the aforementioned improvements; and provides a cost-benefit analysis with prioritization of said improvements that can could be used to help guide both Metro, and Metrolink agencies and the North County Subregion in a direction to best achieve the above stated goals, while ensuring compatibility with future planning ...
Sponsors: Board of Directors - Regular Board Meeting
Indexes: Ara Najarian, Arroyo Verdugo subregion, Automatic vehicle location, Burbank, Glendale, Kathryn Barger, Lancaster, Los Angeles Union Station, Metro Rail A Line, Metrolink, Metrolink Antelope Valley Line, Metrolink Ventura County Line, Motion / Motion Response, Railroad commuter service, Ridership, San Fernando Valley Service Sector, San Fernando Valley subregion, State Of Good Repair, Strategic planning
Related files: 2017-0575, 2019-0429
JULY 19, 2017

Motion by:


Study of Metrolink Antelope Valley Line

The Antelope Valley Line (AVL) plays a critical role in connecting North Los Angeles County, Union Station and cities in between, carrying the third highest ridership in Metrolink's commuter rail system, reducing the equivalent of one lane of traffic from major freeways during peak commute hours, and removing approximately 1,000,000 weekday automobile trips per year. the highest percentage of transit dependent riders.

Currently, due to numerous constraints, a trip from the Antelope Valley to Union Station can take over two hours, with speeds averaging just 35 miles per hour from end-to-end. There are also gaps in service throughout the day which may further discourages ridership.

Through previous board actions, progress has been made to address some of the AVL service issues such as the Metrolink Antelope Valley Line Infrastructure Improvement Strategic Plan dated March 2012, the North County Multimodal Integrated Transportation Study (NCMITS) dated 2013, and the new Los Angeles-Burbank-Glendale Corridor Feasibility Study; but to date, a comprehensive study has yet to take place to analyze constraints on the northern segment of the AVL.

As Metro embarks on updating its Long Range Transportation Plan, To be compatible with future planning efforts and to best prepare for as new funding sources that will become available to the North County Subregion in the coming years, it is important that stakeholder agencies understand the most cost-effective solutions to break down the constraints that continue to hold back the AVL from maximizing its service potential.



WE THEREFORE MOVE that the Metro Board:

AUTHORIZE a study of the Metrolink Antelope Valley Line (AVL) between Burbank and Lancaster that determines a ra...

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