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Testing starts Monday for Orange Line bus rapid transit extension

April 19, 2012 |  2:01 pm

Three weeks of testing are scheduled to begin Monday for the new Orange Line extension -- a $216-million project in the San Fernando Valley that will add four miles to the bus rapid transit route and link it to the Chatsworth Metrolink rail station.

Officials for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority said the tests will take place daily from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. when  buses will be run intermittently along the transitway to make sure all systems and signals are working properly. Construction will continue from 6 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The work is taking place east of Canoga Avenue between Vanowen Street and Chatsworth Station. MTA officials said motorists and pedestrians should be careful in the area, obey all warning signs, stay out of the transitway and watch for buses traveling in both directions.

The extension runs from the Canoga to the Chatsworth stations and includes new stops at Sherman Way, Roscoe Boulevard and Nordhoff Street. New platforms will be added at Canoga Station and a bikeway and pedestrian path will be built parallel to the busway. The addition is scheduled to open in June.


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