LADOT: Building a Bus Only Lane Isn’t As Easy As It Sounds

Earlier this week I shared the latest on the Wilshire BRT and Gateway Plaza busway station projects.

Several of the commenters posed questions about the length of time the city says is needed for completing the Wilshire lanes. For example, Allison M asked “I’m trying to understand why it will take 2 years to do the upgrades and testing after the engineering is complete? Is this normal for BRT? It seems unnecessarily long.” I passed these queries along to the L.A. Dept. of Transportation, which is taking the lead on the project. Bruce L. Gillman, LADOT’s Director of Public Information, was kind enough to confer with the city staffers working on the project and passed along this response:

The schedule for the Wilshire bus lane project involves multiple City departments that work on the design, construction of the street widening, pavement reconstruction, engineering surveys, analysis and traffic management plan. None of which can be completed in a short period of time. That said, LADOT is working with our partners to expedite this project and will continue to push ahead to make Wilshire bus lanes a reality as soon as possible.

My thanks to Mr. Gillman for the prompt response.

  • Anonymous

    Another example of LA’s bureaucratic maze stifling projects. This project will probably require coordination among LADOT, Public Works, Street Service and others, whereas it should just be one agency that drives the whole process.

  • Juan Matute

    In the sentence “None of which can be completed in a short period of time,” replace “can” with “will.”  The Santa Monica Freeway Bridge over La Cienega was rebuilt in 66 days after the Northridge quake.  It’s all a matter of priorities.  Two years is how long a bus-only lane project will take when the project itself is not prioritized, and the passengers on buses don’t receive the same priority as car drivers in the transportation network analysis, so a plethora of mitigation measures are required so as not to place “significant” impact on car drivers.  Car passengers don’t even count in the analysis, so the operative word is drivers.

  • On the other hand, the process to REMOVE a bus lane is super quick. Look at the downtown bus lane that became a bike lane 2 weeks ago.

  • Guest

    you are correct in calling this a prompt “response” and not an answer to the question. since he didn’t answer it.

  • LA Noir

    LA has no staff to handle the project!

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