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Metro Planning Pedestrian Bridge Over Lankershim Near Universal Red Line Station

The news comes soon after an announced plan to build a tunnel near the North Hollywood Metro Station.

Hot on the tail of a plan to start constructing under Lankershim Boulevard to connect the and the Orange Line station across the street in the NoHo Arts District, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is now planning to build a pedestrian bridge over Lankershim one stop south, at the , according to Curbed LA.

The main source for Curbed LA's information is the Transit Coalition comment board, on which someone posted the following message:

Metro seems to be on a roll with improving pedestrian access to the San Fernando Valley Red Line stations; after presenting plans for the North Hollywood Station Red Line west portal access to the Orange Line in July, this month at the SFV Service Council meeting, they are presenting a plan for a bridge across Lankershim Blvd for the Universal City Station. The project is out to bid, no contractors have been selected yet; and the project is estimated to take 20 months to complete.

See the attached pdf for details and outlines of the proposed bridge. 

"The Metro Board of Directors last month approved the pedestrian bridge over Lankershim as part of a settlement agreement with Universal to resolve mitigation issues dating back to when we constructed the subway there," said Metro's Marc Littman, according to Curbed. "The original plan called for a pedestrian tunnel under Lankershim but the bids were rejected due to high cost so the compromise was the bridge which will facilitate access to all three corners of the Lankershim and Campo de Cahuenga intersection and improve pedestrian safety at the busy intersection. The cost is estimated at $19.5 million and the bridge should be completed in 2014 with construction starting sometime next year."

Susan Silvestri August 05, 2012 at 04:52 PM
What a waste of funds! How can we protest this and stop the unessary spending in our city?
Susan Silvestri August 05, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Just more places for the homeless without shelter to hang out do beg for money! Better use of this money is to provide shelter for all the homeless and hungry citizens in No Ho!
larkatmic August 05, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Its necessary. Have you seen the hoards of people at these intersections trying to cross the street. The population here is already twice what it was since the 80s and will double what it is now by 2025. People are finally starting to embrace public transportation. We have to think of the future. It will keep traffic flowing and pedestrians safe.
Nino August 05, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Brilliant, great. From a worker who drives up that way every day. I often think its only a matter of time before a tourist or visitor to NBC gets killed or injured at that intersection. The volume in the summer months has increased two fold in recent years. Cant wait. Thank you for the info.
Bob Peppermuller August 05, 2012 at 09:30 PM
Stop yapping and start shoveling dirt at Universal and NoHo. Both these projects are sorely needed.
Gunner August 05, 2012 at 10:11 PM
A bridge is not the best idea. It will be an eye sore and will make crossing less convenient for metro riders. Why not have a tunnel for a subway? I'm guessing the bridge is to keep metro riders out of the way of cars. After all, metro doesn't care about SFV public transit.
Cary Adams August 06, 2012 at 04:19 AM
An underground connection makes much better sense. With a bridge, once people come up from the subway, I doubt all with go up to a bridge only to descend the other side. Many will still cross with the signals as most direct. Another question that needs an answer has to do with who's paying - Universal benefits most and should foot most of bill. Recall, they opted out of the benefit assessment district when the Red Line was constructed.
LABornAndRaised August 06, 2012 at 06:43 AM
Inaction is not an option. Either a tunnel or a bridge is necessary for the safety of thousands crossing that intersection daily. If they do it like they do in Vegas where they remove the crosswalks on the street level and force you to take the bridge, people will take the bridge. Just make sure it has an escalator on all ends.
LABornAndRaised August 06, 2012 at 06:45 AM
Good point. As long as they remove the crosswalk at the street level and force people to take the bridge, this will not only be safer for the pedestrians, but it will also speed up traffic along this stretch, since there will be no need to wait for people to walk across the street. Win-Win!
Craig Clough (Editor) August 06, 2012 at 12:13 PM
I will be interested to learn more about why a tunnel is the right choice in NoHo while a bridge is the right choice at Universal, for relatively the same price.
Iron Lady August 06, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Although I prefer the bridge, either way is very good news for regular public transit riders like me. Hope this would prevent jaywalkers and pedestrians being hit by speeding cars.
Alan Fishel August 06, 2012 at 11:14 PM
This is a good example of poor design and planning by the MTA when the Metro Red Line was built. Why was there not an exit from the station on either side of Lankershim when the line was built? There should have been exits on both sides of major streets at Metro stations across the system. Other subway systems in the US and around the world do have more than one exit per station for the convenience and safety of subway riders. Sunset and Vermont, Hollywood Blvd and the Wilshire stations needs exits on each side of the street, not just one large exit. If designed right the cost would be little more with two or more nice stations Vs. the grandiose single entrance that were designed and built. Let the people who design our rail systems ride and use them before they design new lines.
Cary Adams August 07, 2012 at 06:48 AM
Correct me if wrong but I recall the North Hollywood Station tunnel projected to cost $22 million yet $19 million for a Universal Station tunnel was cited as too expensive. Perhaps MTA's thinking is that of a direct connection between Orange and Red as more important. While that sounds valid, I still believe NBC/Universal needs to share in the cost of anything between the Universal Station and 'their' property.
robert August 07, 2012 at 08:16 AM
Good point but to be fair the Red line does have that, but just not at the Red line station. my guess is that they are so close together that two exit ways just wasn't necessary. Correct me if im wrong, but i think they stopped it there two with the hopes of further construction down Chandler but funds went low and they wanted light rail instead. To bad we didn't get the light rail, all because of the Jews and their electricity rule. (no I'm not racist, its just the truth. One of the main reasons why it went under along with the NIMBY's. ) I hate watching 2 buses pass me up at a time because there isn't any room.
Skraeling August 07, 2012 at 07:53 PM
This sure sounds like more union driven "make work".....There are lights and there are speed limits...enforce them! Sounds like the bridge to no where...
Skraeling August 07, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Traffic scofflaws will solve the jaywalking problem....Time for personal responsibility... We can use a million or so somewhere else....like filling pot holes, cleaning up graffitti the same people who do this, have brought to our neighborhoods.
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