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Metro's Orange Line busway extension to open in June

May 29, 2012 |  3:03 pm

Morning commuters get off the Westbound Orange Line bus at the Warner Center Station in the Valley.

A 4-mile extension to the Orange Line busway will open at the end of June, officials announced Tuesday, allowing commuters a one-seat ride from Chatsworth to the Red Line subway station in North Hollywood.

The Orange Line now runs 14 miles west from the North Hollywood station past Reseda Boulevard to Canoga Avenue. The extension goes north from there, mostly along Canoga Avenue, to the Chatsworth station and connections to Metrolink and Amtrak trains.

“With the Orange Line Extension -– the first Measure R project to be completed –- we are continuing to build out a new 21st century mass transit system for the people of Los Angeles and for future generations,” said Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who also heads the board of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Measure R is the half-cent transportation sales tax -- raising a projected $40 billion -- that voters passed in 2008.

The authority announced that the busway extension would open June 30, with free rides and community events from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.


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Photo: Morning commuters get off the westbound Orange Line bus at the Warner Center Station in Woodland Hills in 2005. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times