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Pedestrian Tunnel Under Lankershim Could Link Red, Orange Lines

The project could be completed by 2014.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is considering building a 150-foot underground tunnel beneath Lankershim Boulevard from the Orange Line bus platform to the mezzanine level of the Red Line subway station, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's website.

The tunnel will cost $22 million and be funded primarily through a federal grant of $17.6 million, according to the Los Angeles Daily News, with Metro paying the additional $4.4 million. If the grant is awarded, which would be this summer, the project would be completed by 2014, according to the report.

The blog NoHoFoSho first reported on the proposed tunnel back on Feb. 11.

Jennifer Warner March 31, 2012 at 04:30 AM
$22 million dollars so people don't have to cross one street? Seriously?
Susan Silvestri March 31, 2012 at 04:47 PM
This is a BIG waste of govt funding 22 million to not have to walk across a street!These funds could be used to provide shelter for the homeless and feed the needy instead. This should have happened when the construction took place anyway!
Thomas G March 31, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Completed by 2014? Yeah, right. Once the unions get involved, they'll milk it to 2020 at 4 times the cost. Just walk across the street.
Bob Peppermuller March 31, 2012 at 05:51 PM
This is one place the City could reap in big $$$$ handing out pedestrian tickets. These street crossing people have no clue what a "Don't Walk" sign means. Make it a lot safer too.
J. Ryan March 31, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Aside from Thomas G's comment, I disagree with the comments here. The complaint about the money being used to "provide shelter [for the homeless]" or "feed the needy," is naive. Government funding doesn't work like that. The fact is the amount is coming out of a transportation fund and is likely limited in what it can be applied to. What else can you get for 22 million when it comes to public infrastructure? Not much. Some sound walls on the highway maybe? I'd rather have this tunnel. The money is being spent in North Hollywood and improving the experience or at least the perception of our community to one group of people (transit riders), that's a plus for NoHo in my opinion. Now at the end of the day, I don't know if I necessarily agree with it, but if I put on my subway rider hat, I do see the value in the project. And, Bob, though your suggestion is valid, it's still not going to stop it from happening. You're dealing with people running to catch a bus or train. They're in a hurry, they don't want to be late, so they'll keep doing it. I suspect even if they increased ticketing, riders would only get angry and vocal, and soon Metro would be asked to do something to fix their poor design. If they keep it is as is, though it sounds counter-intuitive, the intersection will be safer than it would be with a tunnel. Why? You're driving more cautiously and slower with more pedestrians around. This is why I feel a bit ambivalent as a resident.
john sullivan March 31, 2012 at 10:38 PM
The grant was probably allocated long ago for transit dollars only. I ride the train fairly frequently and drive by there all the time. Its a little mickey mouse and dangerous to have some many people some of who are chasing the orange line to be crossing there. Its also a bottleneck there at certain points of the day. It will improve traffic and safety, I dont understand why people are upset notwithstanding some validity about cost overruns which almost always happen.
Jeffrey Pendergast March 31, 2012 at 11:24 PM
I think its a great idea. That crossing is right in my path to work every morning, and lately, i have been going around to ther streets, just to avoid the congestion. The people often cross "outside" of the crosswalk, and so it's like trying hard - not to hit someone. Besides, I'm sure the money will go somewhere. So - Whats the problem with adding to the upgrades in NOHO, and not sure if anybody knows how super successful the Orange Line connection since it opened. Would be nice to connect the two stations together, and avoid the traffic congestion, and safety for everybody.
John April 03, 2012 at 06:59 AM
A significant percentage of the Orange Line riders cross Lankershim not to get to the Red Line, but to board buses to other destinations. So unless the foot route is eliminated althogether and all pedestrians heading that way are forced to use the tunnel, there will still be large numbers of people crossing Lankershim on foot which will defeat the purpose. More to the point, obviously the Orange Line station was not well-thought out (gee, who could've forseen that much foot traffic crossing Lankershim would become a hazard?), and I hesitate to throw more taxpayer $ down the hole for yet another band-aid over Metro's poor planning.
Joanna April 03, 2012 at 04:11 PM
I wonder if they have considered an overcrossing. It seems that might assist in solving the problem of people who are going bus to bus rather than just to the red line.
J. Ryan April 03, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Not sure what is meant by "significant percentage" but based on my observations I'd counter saying a "significant percentage" DO board the Red Line. Anyway, how about we just make Lankershim and Chandler a pedestrian plaza? http://articles.latimes.com/2012/mar/11/local/la-me-silver-lake-space-20120311 Makes everybody happy but LADOT and saves a good $20 million. ;)
gregg guellow April 26, 2012 at 03:42 PM
I totally agree with Joanna, but it is much to practical. Besides that, it is much easier to hide all the wasted expenditures and mistakes underground.
susan August 05, 2012 at 04:48 PM
my feelings as well!

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