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Build the Sepulveda Pass subway right the first time — by connecting it to LAX

Build the Sepulveda Pass subway right the first time — by connecting it to LAX
Looking north to the San Fernando Valley, traffic moves along the 405 Freeway in the Sepulveda Pass last summer. (Los Angeles Times)

To the editor: The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s plan to run a train under the Sepulveda Pass (or over it, using a monorail), but truncate it at the already-crowded Expo Line in West L.A., is half-baked.

Failure to bring it down to Playa Vista and on to Los Angeles International Airport ranks right up there with blunders made decades ago, including ending the Green Line short of the airport, delaying the Wilshire Boulevard subway because of an over-hyped methane scare, and allowing San Fernando Valley NIMBYs to prevent rail service on the Orange Line.

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Bring the Sepulveda Pass subway to the airport — with an underground station at the LAX Theme Building.

Hans Laetz, Malibu

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To the editor: The MTA’s proposed mass-transit through the Sepulveda Pass between Van Nuys and West L.A. will provide an important link between the Valley, UCLA and the Westside, and it should be supported.

Citywide, more can be done to promote carpooling or telecommuting. We should consider a transit improvement tax on a growing number of ride-sharing and delivery services that increase traffic congestion along the 405 Freeway through the Sepulveda Pass and on other roadways in Los Angeles.

Dan Constant, Manhattan Beach

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To the editor: I am amazed that the California Department of Transportation did not propose another widening of the 405 Freeway through the Sepulveda Pass, as that tends to be its solution to highway congestion.

Caltrans could propose double- or even triple-decking the freeway, adding years to commuter delays while the widening is under construction without really fixing the problem in the end.

Conrad J. Kopec, Costa Mesa

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