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Editorial: UCLA rail station is imperative in design of Sepulveda Transit Corridor Project

Daily Bruin Editorial

The scoping deadline is fast approaching for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Rail Authority’s Sepulveda Transit Corridor Project.

LA Metro, which will connect the San Fernando Valley to LA’s Westside, is currently considering public input on the project, including input on the possibility of a station at UCLA, before the deadline of Feb. 11. The public transit agency will be hosting virtual and in-person events this week for public commentary and discussion in regard to the design and construction of the Sepulveda Transit Corridor Project.

Currently, the STC Project is evaluating six options – three of which include monorail and three of which include heavy rail. Out of these choices, four would have an underground rail station directly on campus.

In order to best serve Bruins, it is imperative that the project includes a stop on campus.

An effective public transit system in LA County that incorporates UCLA would have major benefits for UCLA students, faculty and staff, along with the city as a whole. Making campus and the rest of the Westside more accessible from the valley, where housing is significantly cheaper than in the rest of LA, will be especially helpful for students who commute.

Read the full editorial in the Daily Bruin.