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The Valley is a City

we're here on the corner of roscoe

boulevard and Van Nuys this is the

busiest public transportation hub in the

San Fernando Valley there's four

different bus stops in this intersection

alone and there's no designated bus

station for it the San Fernando Valley

is a metropolitan region of nearly two

million people reaching from the Santa

Susana and san gabriel mountains on the

north to the Santa Monica Mountains on

the south most of the valley is part of

the city of Los Angeles but includes

burbank glendale san fernando hidden

hills and Calabasas the neighboring city

of Santa Clarita is also part of the San

Fernando Valley Council of Governments

if the valley was independent it would

be the nation's fifth most populous city

larger than philadelphia phoenix and san

antonio like most densely populated

regions the valley economy depends on

many diverse industries entertainment

manufacturing health care and many other

service industries are spread throughout

the san fernando valley the valley

region is comprised of dozens of

neighborhoods containing diverse

residential employment and educational

opportunities the valley boasts a major

highly regarded university additionally

numerous community colleges doctor

region every day millions of people

commute to and from the Greater San

Fernando Valley region the number one

means of transportation is automobiles

which leads to massive congestion during

prime time rush hour however the

congestion continues unexpectedly

throughout the day the San Fernando

Valley has an unmet public

transportation need while Los Angeles

has a subway in light rail lines the

subway barely extends into the

southeastern corner of the valley

universal city and the North Hollywood

television Academy are the only subway

stops across the valleys 350 square

miles

the number one source of public

transportation in the San Fernando

Valley is limited to buses which have

numerous constraints such as being stuck

in traffic with automobiles and running

to and frequently to meet the valleys

needs several years ago Valley leaders

convened a series of transportation

summits that produce the orange line a

dedicated bus way upon its completion it

was immediately at maximum capacity the

valley cannot accept another underbill

project that does not meet the demand

the maxed out orange line provides some

relief for the San Fernando Valley in

the south along with the expansion of

the orange line which connects to the

northwest valley however the central

northern and northeast of the valley

continued to be under served with

limited bus service getting around by

bus can be difficult with numerous

transfers and unreliable service high

school's mission college and Cal State

University Northridge are difficult to

get to by public transportation students

who live less than 10 minutes from their

school can spend up to an hour and a

half using public transportation as of

2014 the San Fernando Valley area of Los

Angeles County comprised eighteen

percent of the population however the

valley received less than five percent

of the funding while the valley has the

greatest unmet need for essential

transportation projects the San Fernando

Valley has nearly two million people the

live learn work play and wrote

transportation should not be predicated

on class there are people that view the

valley as a wealthy Enclave while others

point to impoverished neighborhoods the

fact is the valley has the same economic

and cultural diversity as any major

American city the San Fernando Valley is

a city we all just need to get around