One in a series of posts that will look at projects and programs that would receive funding from the sales tax ballot measure that the Metro Board has approved to send to voters on Nov. 8.
What is it? A potential 12.5-mile bus rapid transit line [BRT] on Vermont Avenue between Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood and 120th Street in the Athens and Harbor Gateway North neighborhoods of Los Angeles. The bus line would connect with numerous other bus lines, as well as the Green Line, Expo Line and Red/Purple Lines. Under the revised spending plan released in June, the project could be upgraded to a heavy rail line — i.e. a subway — after 2060.
What is BRT? Bus rapid transit lines often have some of the following features: dedicated bus lanes, off-vehicle fare collection (instead of on the bus) and/or all-door boarding, traffic signal priority, fewer stops to provide speedier service and special branding so that they are easily recognizable. The Metro Orange Line and Silver Line are both examples of BRT.
Why Vermont Avenue? Vermont is Metro’s second-busiest bus corridor behind Wilshire Boulevard. There are already about 45,000 daily boardings along Vermont, which is also heavily congested. The traffic slows buses and causes delays and overcrowding.
When can I ride it? Under the draft spending plan, the groundbreaking would be in 2024 and the project would have a target opening date of 2028 to 2030. A technical study of the project is underway. The next step would be to begin the legally-required environmental studies, a decision to be made by the Metro Board of Directors.
Metro’s ballot measure calls for a half-cent sales tax increase and an extension of the existing Measure R sales tax. Here’s a previous post about the revised spending plan for the ballot measure.
Please visit theplan.metro.net for more info and use the hashtag #metroplan when discussing on social media. The Metro Board approved sending the ballot measure to county voters at their June 23 meeting.
Other posts about ballot measure projects