Council Approves Moving Forward With Wilshire Bus Lanes

11_13_08_wilshire_bus.jpgBus lane free. Photo: LA Wad/Flickr

The city of Los Angeles’ Wilshire Boulevard Bus-Only Lane project
took another step forward at this morning’s full city council hearing.
The project would implement peak-hour bus-only lanes from Pico Union to
Santa Monica. It’s calculated to speed bus times by about 25%. More information at Metro’s project website.

Last week, despite John McCain’s best efforts, the
U.S. Senate appropriated $13.5M in FY2010 funding for the
Wilshire project, bringing the project’s total federal funding to
$23.3M.

The City Council’s Transportation Committee recently approved a motion that clears the way for the city to move forward
with a full Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the project. After
Transportation approves it, the bus lane motion goes before the full
city council.

At today’s council meeting, nobody showed up to speak in
opposition to the Wilshire project. At the very start of the meeting,
the motion actually initially passed quickly via consent calendar. Just
when a half-dozen Bus Riders Union advocates were getting ready to
leave, Councilmember Rosendahl moved for the motion to be reconsidered,
so that the Department of Transportation (LADOT) and project proponents
could speak. A couple hours later, LADOT and bus riders spoke on behalf
of the project. Councilmember Koretz again expressed skepticism;
Councilmember LaBonge again expressed ideas for other alignments. The
full council unanimously approved the motion.

LADOT will soon be hosting a series of public hearings to get input on the EIR. Hearings are  expected to begin in October.

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  • Erik G.

    Blah, blah, blah…

    JUST PAVE THE DAMN ROAD!!!

    I am tired of having those 8th grade shop projects from Hungary LA Metro calls “busses” break another axle while I am enroute to work!!

  • Juan

    Erik, I see you are an advocate of an increase in gasoline taxes to augment local transportation revenues. Don’t you think an increase in gasoline prices would make you more likely to take transit?

  • Erik G.

    Juan,

    What is the LADOT doing with all the maintenance money that should have been applied to Wilshire? Save for a small portion around Wilton, I have seen no evidence of any repaving on Wilshire btween Vermont and the border with Santa Monica. And yes I know where Wilshire passes through territory not IN the City of Los Angeles, such as Beverly Hills and the VA/Sodliers Home/Cemetary.

  • Erik G.
  • I attended one of the public outreach meetings today. The slide show presentation is already on-line here:
    http://www.metro.net/projects_studies/wilshire/images/WilshireBRT_Presentation_10-5-09.pdf

    The most interesting thing was the alternatives which are on page 12 of the slide show link above. There’re a couple where they would leave out small bits of the project (from Parkview to Valencia 0.7 miles at east end of project, and/or from Sepulveda to Veteran 0.3 miles at the 405 Freeway.)

    The interesting alternative that I really like is that they would leave the jut-outs in the Comstock Hills area, and would use the money saved to do additional repaving. This would allow repaving on nearly the entire eastern section of Wilshire – from Beverly Hills (San Vicente) to MacArthur Park (Park View.) This alternative means no street widening in the “condo canyon” area – just using existing lanes. Much better in my opinion.

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