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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.

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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