The Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the North Hollywood to Pasadena Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project was released in late October. Public comments are being accepted through Dec. 10 and the second of two virtual meetings will be held Saturday, Nov. 14, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meeting details:
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The bus rapid transit line would run for 18 miles between the B Line (Red) and G Line (Orange) station in North Hollywood and Pasadena City College in Pasadena, serving the L Line (Gold) Memorial Park station along the way, as seen in the above video and map. There would be 21 to 23 stations and improvements in neighboring areas to make it easier to walk, bike and roll to stations.
Not familiar with the concept of bus rapid transit, also known as BRT? It’s basically a high-quality bus service with features that may include enhanced stations, bus lanes and more frequent service, to name a few. Metro’s G Line (Orange) and J Line (Silver) are examples of BRT.
Five things to know about the project:
•Metro is continuing to gather public feedback on the route options shown in the map — that’s a big part of this process. The Metro Board of Directors will ultimately select a route, with that scheduled to happen in 2021.
•The project would run in either dedicated bus lanes or in mixed traffic. If bus lanes are used, they could be located in either the middle of the street or use the curb lane — or the lane adjacent to the parking/bike lane to accommodate existing parking and bike lanes. The project would also get priority at traffic signals, meaning more green lights for buses and speedier bus trips.
Here are some renderings from the DEIR that show how the project may look in different places along the route:
•This line, like all bus rapid transit lines, would have stops that have the kind of features more commonly seen at rail stations including a canopy and wind screen to protect riders from sun/wind/rain, benches for seating, real-time bus arrival information, bike racks, map displays and extra lighting.
•As proposed, the project would run from 4 a.m. through 1 a.m. from Sunday through Thursday and from 4 a.m. to 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The line would run every 10 minutes during the day, every 15-20 minutes on weekday evenings, every 15 minutes during the day on weekends and every 30 minutes later on weekend evenings.
•Charging stations are proposed to be built at either end of the project so that electric buses could be used on the line — meaning quieter and cleaner buses running next to neighborhoods.
If you are interested in learning more like viewing project renderings, watching a pre-recorded presentation, and project video, visit the project’s virtual platform at https://nohopasbrt.com
If you would like to subit a comment, email your comment to NoHoPasBRT@metro.net by 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 10.
The project is funded by the Measure M sales tax measure approved by L.A. County voters in 2016 and by SB 1, the state program to modernize and improve transportation. The project is forecast to open in 2024. The official project page is here.