Join Metro for a virtual public meeting on proposed bus lanes on Grand and Olive in DTLA

Metro and the city of Los Angeles are partnering to improve speed, frequency and reliability for the over 120,000 passengers who ride buses that serve the Grand Avenue and Olive Street corridors in downtown Los Angeles.

The Grand Avenue and Olive Street Bus Priority Lanes Project is located along a one-mile segment of Grand between Hope Place and Pico Boulevard, and a 1.4-mile segment of Olive between 2nd Street and Pico. The project would add bus priority lanes on weekdays that would be used between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

To learn more about this project, join us for a virtual community meeting on Zoom:

Tuesday, August 31, 2021, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Meeting Link: bit.ly/3xzLow2
Meeting ID: 916 0101 1727
Passcode: 5851
Call-in: 213.338.8477
Spanish interpretation will be available.

All Metro meetings are accessible to persons with disabilities. Other ADA accommodations and translations available by calling 213.922.4869 at least 72 hours in advance.

Bus priority lanes have been shown to improve bus speeds by 15 percent or more and keep buses running on time. The lanes move more people without having to widen roads to add new lanes.

These bus lanes would complement the the city of L.A.’s efforts to improve road safety by reducing the need for buses to pull in and out of traffic. The existing protected bike lanes on both corridors will remain in place and street parking for residents, businesses and visitors to the area will also be preserved — the bus lane will be in the rightmost travel lane on both streets.

14 replies

  1. I wonder if the reason for not including the northern segment of Grand is to accomodate the Uber and Lyft drivers who pick up/drop off at the bus stops in front of Disney Concert Hall and the Broad museum.

    • Interesting point. I wonder if this is the case as well, especially given that this is LADOT territory.

  2. That’s nothing new. The RTD had the “contra flow” lane on Spring St. for years, I believe removed by the MTA after the merger.

    • I remember those.

      I seemed to remember they were taken our right when Metro Rapid got started. I am pretty sure they never had 700-series buses, but did have 300-series.

    • Actually, as of 2002 it was still there. Remember having to catch the 83 or 84 on Spring/3rd up to just north of Chinatown, at some point between 2002 and 2006, it was gone. Then I remembered there also a Bus Lane on Spring/Main for a very brief period before the oversized bike lanes were installed, before finally have the protected lanes we have today.

  3. When are bus maps showing the June 2021 service changes going to be published digitally?

    Metro.net still has the old maps, with no mention that they are out of date.

    • Hi AD;

      The updated 2021 Bus and Rail System Map is scheduled to be uploaded later this week. The updated system maps should completed within the next two weeks. We’ll get a blog post up as soon as everything is online as we know customers want the maps asap!

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source

  4. The map shows the Silver Line.

    Would the Silver Line buses be moved to use more / all of these lanes?

    • Hi James;

      Good question. We’re checking on answer.

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source

    • Hi James;

      The answer is: the Silver Line buses would use the lanes on southbound Grand between Hope Pl and Wilshire, and northbound Olive between 6th and 1st.

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source

  5. Hello that’s good and all but can Metro bus company please put a no left turn sign on 18th and Grand so the traffic coming off of the 10 freeway going east bound can actually see the sign. I suggest putting the no left turn sign across the street up by the traffic lights, giving the drives all the visibility of the sign while stopped at the red lights, from exiting the freeway

    • Could be wrong but this sounds like something the city of LA or Caltrans is in charge of.