With the release this week of the Wilshire bus lane project’s final environmental impact report, I thought it would be timely to look more closely at the job and population numbers along the corridor.
After all, it’s fair to wonder about who may be served by this project, along with the Westside Subway Extension that will be built largely along Wilshire.
I used the Census Bureau’s Local Employment Dynamics OnTheMap tool and the Center for Transit Oriented Development’s TOD Database to determine several things.
First, roughly eight percent of the jobs in Los Angeles County and almost three percent of the county’s population live within half a mile of an existing 720 line Rapid Bus stop on Wilshire between downtown and Santa Monica. The graphs below break down jobs and population data by station (with a few exceptions; the stops at 26th, Barrington and Beverly Glen are missing; also, it appears that jobs data at the VA and the Federal Building are also omitted).
There aren’t any major surprises, except for one. The data bears out that jobs are plentiful in downtown L.A., Westwood, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica, and that lots of people live in MacArthur Park and Koreatown.
But I was surprised to see that just 11,000 people live within half a mile of the bus stop in Westwood. Then again, the major residential density pockets in Westwood — the northwest corner of the UCLA campus (aka The Hill) and the adjacent North Westwood Village neighborhood — is more than half a mile away.
You too can delve into the job numbers by Census Block group along the Wilshire Corridor by clicking on the various blue dots in the map below:
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