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SAN FERNANDO VALLEY STUDY RECEIVES CERTIFICATION BY LACTC'S PLANNING AND MOBILITY COMMITTEE

 SAN FERNANDO VALLEY STUDY RECEIVES CERTIFICATION
 BY LACTC'S PLANNING AND MOBILITY COMMITTEE
 LOS ANGELES, Aug. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The Planning and Mobility Improvement Committee of the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission (LACTC) today recommended certification of the long- awaited Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (SEIR) for the Ventura Freeway Advanced Aerial Technology Alternative. The SEIR was prepared to review the environmental impacts and possible mitigation measures of the proposed 14-station, 16.2-mile aerial alignment alternative, which would extend from the Universal City Metro Rail Station to Warner Center via the median of the Ventura Freeway.
 This now sets the stage for full commission approval of the report when it convenes Aug. 26. The committee also asked the staff to prepare a report to compare this Ventura Freeway alignment with the subway alternative that had formerly been adopted by the commission.
 At the LACTC meeting in March 1990, the Burbank/Chandler route was selected as the preferred route alternative for an East-West San Fernando Valley transit project. At the same time, commissioners directed staff to prepare a feasibility study for two other valley corridors: a Metro Rail extension under Ventura Boulevard and an aerial configuration along the Ventura Freeway. The purpose of the feasibility study was to determine if either of the additional routes would offer advantages to the previously selected Burbank/Chandler route.
 In May 1991, the study was narrowed to the Ventura Freeway alignment and the SEIR was begun to provide commissioners with comparative detailed information and environmental impacts to facilitate decision making on the project. Numerous city and government agencies, community groups, homeowners associations, environmental and business groups provided input to this process.
 "What we have found during this study period is that the proposed Ventura Freeway alignment is possible to build and creates fewer environmental impacts than previous projects studied along the Ventura Freeway," said San Fernando Valley Project Manager David Mieger. "However, the study also determined that a number of impacts still exist and that additional mitigation measures would be required to reduce or eliminate these impacts."
 The SEIR for the freeway alignment determined that significant additional mitigation measures would need to address:
 -- Shifting of proposed stations at De Soto and White Oak;
 -- Incorporating a short subway segment at Universal City;
 -- Providing additional traffic mitigations along Canoga Avenue and at the proposed De Soto and White Oak stations, as well as other stations;
 -- Station design modifications at the Hayvenhurst station to resolve flood control concerns;
 -- Relocating Fire Station No. 88; and
 -- Providing heavier guideway and station support columns in addition to revising the construction staging plan to eliminate freeway impacts.
 If the SEIR is formally approved at the Aug. 26 LACTC meeting, the staff will next undertake the study comparing the freeway aerial alignment with the mid-valley subway alignment. This will take 60 days to complete to be brought back before the commissioners in October.
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 /CONTACT: Stephanie Brady of the LACTC, 213-244-6792/ CO: Los Angeles County Transportation Commission ST: California IN: SU:


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