Status of Wilshire Repaving

Sometimes it is hard to keep up with the whirl of local activities and events relating to transit. For example the meeting L.A. City Council member Tom LaBonge held July 18th on the future of Wilshire totally escaped my attention.

Thankfully Aaron Blevins of the Park LaBrea News/Beverly Press community newspaper attended and the title of his article summarizing the meeting gives the key news announced at it: “Wilshire Bl. to be repaved sooner than expected”.

As I noted in a previous post, the reconstruction of curb lanes as part of the Wilshire bus lane project is due to start next year with a target completion date of November 2014.

But due to the horrible condition of the mid-section of Wilshire a separate construction program to repave the curb lanes will be commencing in August. The $800,000 project (using dedicated local transportation sales tax subventions) will cover the stretch between Wilton Place and Fairfax. Keith Mozee, of the city of Los Angeles Bureau of Street Services is quoted in the piece as stating the project (to be done in segments) will take three to six weeks with work happening mostly weekends and mid-day during weekdays.

Those of us who have for years endured bouncing on Metro’s local Wilshire bus (Line 20) which often hugs the curb lane will be glad to endure the delays and disruptions of the repaving as the price of being able when it is finished to have a comfortable ride. Hallelujah!

In other Bus Rapid Transit news, a recently released Government Accountability Office review of domestic BRT projects found “13 of the 15 project sponsors that provided ridership data reported increases in ridership after 1 year of service and reduced average travel times of 10 to 35 percent over previous bus services”. This includes several local Rapid lines. Which augur well for the success of the Wilshire lanes when they open in late 2014.

  • Erik Griswold

    What?  Los Angeles’ premier artery will soon be in as good a shape as those in Cairo or Nairobi?  Wow!

  • Will they opportunistically put in bus lanes as part of the repaving, or will they wait until they’re ready to do the whole thing?  It would be nice to see some bus lanes early!

  • Transitfrog

    I think the bendy rapid buses are much worse than the local buses in terms of ride comfort.
    I will get on a local any day over one of those crap bendy buses. They should put up a warning: Do not ride if you are pregnant, or suffer from back or neck injuries like they do at Disneyland. The Orange line buses are the best for ride comfort, although the seats could use a little more padding. How come only the commuter express buses get the good seats?

  • king

    Постирать Парики — дело несложное. Главное помнить, что он выдерживает только ручную стирку. Сначала его замачивают на несколько минут в теплой воде, в которую предварительно добавляют обычный шампунь. Стирая, его не следует сильно тереть и отжимать.париковПосле стирки прополощите изделие в теплой воде пару раз. Потом надо снова налить теплой воды, развести в ней такое количество кондиционера, чтобы она была мягкой на ощупь, и положить в нее парик минут на 30.


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