San Fernando Valley Bus Rapid Transit Corridor (Orange Line)


Client: Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA)
Location: San Fernando, CA
Size: 14 mile Bus Rapid Transit Corridor
Cost: $298,000,000
Completion Date: 2006

AVA’s Role

AVA was responsible for Landscape Architecture Design and Construction Contract Documents and as Owners Representative for this fourteen (14) mile Bus Rapid Transit Corridor-Design Build Contract, connecting North Hollywood Metro Rail Station to Warner Center in the San Fernando Valley.

AVA designed the entire (14) mile segment with different plant material to fit in with the surrounding context and also highlight the corridor with unique species. AVA presented landscape design concepts to numerous community and civic organizations, and achieved consensus for its design. Specific attention was given to the identification of native, drought-tolerant vegetation that would be compatible with the transit corridor. The contract bid documents were prepared for this Design-build contract. AVA provided construction support services during the Design-build period.


In an earlier contract, AVA had provided conceptual site planning for (75) alternate potential light rail station sites on (5) alternate alignments. AVA provided visual impact considerations of stations and segments between stations. AVA identified joint development opportunities and prepared station site plans with bus transit centers and parking facilities, and prepared detailed reports. The bus rapid transit corridor is designed to convert into a light rail corridor in the future. AVA coordinated Preliminary Engineering design with architects, other engineering consultants, and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority for the full length of the transit corridor.  The work supported an on-going EIS/EIR effort.

This fourteen (14) mile corridor is a dedicated high-speed bus corridor that occupies a former rail alignment. There are (12) stations along the route along with local bus interface and parking facilities. The corridor provides a vital transit link between the North Hollywood subway station, and the Warner Center in the San Fernando Valley, connecting commercial, educational, religious, residential, recreational, and transportation facilities.