That could change.
The Orange Line was originally envisioned as a subway or rail line, but Metro ultimately opted for the cheaper bus line. The state Legislature actually banned light rail construction in the Valley in 1991, but that law was repealed last year.
Advocates – including the influential Valley Industry and Commerce Association – say it’s high time the San Fernando Valley was included in Metro’s rail plans.
The Orange Line is the busiest bus route in the Valley, carrying about 30,000 passengers a day. But the report cautions that ridership should be allowed to grow more before tracks are laid.