News Short: City Abandons Plan to Take Brentwood Sidewalk Space for Bus Only Lanes

They may not have succeeded in stopping plans for Bus Only Lanes for Wilshire Boulevard, but Brentwood community groups scored a victory earlier this week when the City of Los Angeles scrapped plans to shorten the sidewalk in a two-block stretch to make way for the buses.  The change does not impact plans to construct the bus only lanes, currently scheduled to be in place sometime next year. The letter can be read here.

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Some residents had threatened legal action if the city moved forward with the sidewalk shortening because it would endanger University High School students that congregate and wait for buses near the 7-Eleven on the south side of Wilshire Boulevard in the area. By removing the planned street widening/sidewalk shortening, the city also removes a remaining obstacle to restriping the bus lanes.

City officials originally planned to shorten the sidewalk for two feet on each side of the street for a two block area between Barrington Avenue and San Vicente Boulevard on Wilshire Boulevard. They argued the shortening was necessary to provide twelve foot travel lanes for the buses. However, a sidewalk shortening was contrary to the Brentwood-Pacific Palisades Community Plan and would require an amendment.  The Community Plan actually called for a sidewalk widening, not shortening.

City staff had applied for the amendment but after hearing from residents at a public hearing earlier this month, LADOT submitted plans maintain the sidewalk width and take a couple of inches from each of the mixed-use and bus lanes.

  • just how twisted a concept _is_ BRT? 

    LA tried, but failed, to take away sidewalk space. it’s the 1950s all over again.and where were the BRT proponents? crickets.

    bike lanes? that’s a joke. 

    citizens wanted wider sidewalks — now that’s out, too.

    thank you, bus rapid transit. 

  • I have this theory that L.A. purchased a bunch of 12-foot-wide somethings (stencils? or who-knows?) and has been hell-bent on widening the crap out of its lanes ever since… anyone know the actually basis of LADOT’s wrong-head wide-lane mania? Why the hard-on for 12′?

  • Irwinc

    It does seem kind of weird that LADOT has a 12 foot fetish when buses are only 102 inches (8 1/2 ft) wide. Even if you include 6 inches on each side for mirrors, that is still 2 feet of empty space between lanes.

  • Dennis Hindman

    The Los Angeles County MTA has a 12′ lane as the minimum for their transit buses as stated in this 2012 Metro Transit Service Policy document at the top of page 21 (pdf page 25):

    http://www.metro.net/board/Items/2012/07_July/20120726RBMItem66.pdf

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