Metrolink, a regional commuter in Southern California, inaugurated the transport services at the newly rebuilt Van Nuys station in Los Angeles, following a two-year construction period.
The USD 32 million project envisaged the reconstruction and removal of the train platform to the centre of the double-tracked station to improve operational efficiency, maintain on-time performance and enable more future train service for Metrolink and Amtrak.
“The newly reconstructed Van Nuys station allows both tracks to be used simultaneously, increasing capacity, and provides safe access to the platform from a pedestrian underpass, keeping trains and passengers separated,” said Metrolink Board Chair Brian Humphrey.
For the project, the State of California provided funding for the reconstruction project from a Proposition 1B grant of USD 31.1 million administered by Caltrans. The LA Metro contributed with USD 1 million, while USD 800,000 funding was covered through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and USD 200,000 came from the Measure R funds.