L.A. Metro Completes Orange Line Extension 3.5 years ahead of schedule

At the end of June, Los Angeles Metro completed the Metro Orange Line Extension, a four-mile addition to the popular dedicated busway between Canoga Park and Chatsworth.

 The Metro Orange Line is now 18 miles long, including four new stations, three new or reconfigured parking lots, three new busway bridges, new signalized busway/street crossings, street resurfacing improvements, a new bicycle/pedestrian path, and landscaping similar to the original Metro Orange Line.

The project was completed three and a half years ahead of schedule and $61 million under budget. This extension is the first public transit project completed under Los Angeles County Measure R, a half-cent sales tax passed by voters in 2008. Metro also secured support from other sources to help pay for busway construction, freeing up $182 billion that had been earmarked for this transit project, which will be applied to another transportation improvement. This busway extension will greatly expand the connectivity of the region’s transportation network.