CANOGA PARK, CA - MAY 16: Metro officials join L.A. City Council Member Bob Blumenfield and the Warner Center Association to conduct a ribbon cutting for the grand opening of a new pedestrian station entrance at the Canoga Metro Orange Line Station on May 16, in Canoga Park, California.

CANOGA PARK (CNS) — A pedestrian shortcut has been opened at the Metro Orange Line’s Canoga Park station, eliminating the need for riders to walk a quarter-mile to get to nearby apartment buildings.

The new entranceway to the station connects its east platform to an existing walkway leading to four apartment complexes and a FedEx building. It features lighting, protective fencing, security cameras, landscaping, TAP card machines and ADA-compliant features.

The project cost Metro about $200,000 and provides a shortcut for an estimated 2,000 riders, transportation officials said.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, who attended the grand opening for the entranceway on Monday. May 16, said it is “a great shortcut to the Orange Line, one of the most successful bus rapid transit lines in the country.”

“It’s another example of the ways in which Metro is making public transportation in Los Angeles faster and more convenient,” she said.

Los Angeles City Councilmember Bob Blumenfield and officials with Metro and the Warner Center Association worked with the developer that owns the walkway to get the new station entranceway built.

“This pedestrian connection shows that when Metro and Los Angeles work together, we deliver common sense solutions that help our community,” Blumenfield said. “The Orange Line is vitally important for the West Valley, and I am very proud that we made it easier for residents to use public transportation, connecting the entire city.”

Metro is also building a pedestrian tunnel at the Red Line’s North Hollywood station — underneath Lankershim Boulevard — that will connect to the Orange Line.