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Metro's Orange Line extension set to open

Friday, June 29, 2012

The Orange Line busway from Canoga to Chatsworth opens to the public Saturday. The extension completes the existing line and provides a key transfer point for Metrolink and Amtrak riders.

The opening wasn't supposed to happen for another three and a half years. The 4-mile Orange Line extension from Canoga Park to Chatsworth was not only finished early, but it came in under budget by nearly $62 million.

The Orange Line connection connects the west San Fernando Valley to the Red Line subway in North Hollywood 18 miles away.

The original price to complete the project was $215.6 million. The actual cost to complete was $154 million. The money saved will go toward future transportation projects.

City officials and the media had a chance to preview the extension on Friday before it opens to the public on Saturday.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Sherman Way Station on Canoga Avenue.

According to Metro, with the extension, weekday ridership for the Orange Line will exceed 27,000 passengers.

Measure R, the voter-approved initiative that raised the sales tax in Los Angeles County 1 cent paid for the project.

Free rides will be offered from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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