Metrolink Certifies Final EIR for Simi Valley Double Track Project

Southern California’s regional passenger rail service, Metrolink, has certified the Final Environmental Impact Report for the Simi Valley Double Track Project.

The aim of the project is to raise capacity on Metrolink’s Ventura County Line as well as the existing Simi Valley Station.

Simi Valley Station, Southern California
Simi Valley Station, Southern California

The final environmental impact report was prepared in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act. A draft version was shared with interested agencies, as well as stakeholder organisations and individuals for review and comment. The 45-day public review and comment period started on 18 March and completed on 2 May. Any comments submitted during this period were addressed in the final report.

The Simi Valley Double Track Project is situated on a 2.2 mile section of the Ventura County Line. The project will allow more services to run in both directions, delivering the added benefits of greater reliability and punctuality. It will also include safety improvements at five level crossings, making them Quiet Zone Ready. There will be new platform access with an underpass crossing to provide a better option for pedestrians.

The project is part of Metrolink’s Southern California Optimized Rail Expansion (SCORE) programme, a ten-year funding programme worth 10 billion USD. The capital investment programme aims to upgrade rail infrastructure to make services running every half hour in both directions throughout the day possible. SCORE will modernise signalling equipment, improve level crossings and deliver other safety upgrades.

The SCORE-funded projects are to be completed before the 2028 Los Angeles Olympic and Paralympic Games.

A 2019 study by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation projected long-term SCORE benefits to Southern California, generating 1.3 million new jobs and increasing the gross regional product by 684 billion USD through 2050. Metrolink has received 2.3 billion USD to fund SCORE projects to date.

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