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Commuters Pack Bus, Rail Lines To Dodge Sepulveda Pass Congestion

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NORTH HOLLYWOOD (CBS) —Would you endure multiple transfers on several bus and light rail lines in order to avoid the Sepulveda Pass?

KNX 1070’s Chris Sedens reports a noticeable number of north-south commuters are opting to bypass the clogged 405 Freeway with public transportation.

San Fernando Valley residents are taking the 12-year-old Red Line into downtown Los Angeles and then walking up a flight of stairs to transfer to the new Expo Line to get to work.

The Daily News reports Valley residents are are enduring 90-minute trips on several bus lines —and both the Expo and Red Lines —to bypass the construction-clogged Sepulveda Pass route from the Valley to the Westside.

Light rail ridership on the Expo Line has already grown to 14,000 per day, while the Red Line subway from North Hollywood through Hollywood and Koreatown to the Civic Center carries about 179,000 riders daily.

The Metro long-range transportation plan includes rapid transit between the Westside and the Valley, including a possible northern leg of the Wilshire Boulevard subway via a tunnel under Sepulveda Pass.

A feasibility study on the proposal is due this fall.

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