The Metro Board of Directors and the L.A. City Council in July 2019 authorized the Bus Speed Engineering Working Group, a collaborative effort between Metro and LADOT to speed up transit service as part of Metro’s NextGen Bus Plan.
Metro and LADOT’s work have resulted in three projects ready to begin implementation this month. These projects include phase 1 of the Venice Boulevard Safety and Mobility Project, the initial phase of the La Brea Avenue Bus Priority Lanes Project and the final phase of the Alvarado Street Bus Priority Lanes Project.
As part of the Venice Blvd. project, LADOT will construct project features on Venice between Inglewood and National this winter, including parking-protected and buffered bike lanes, improved crosswalks, improved left-turn pockets at Sepulveda and Sawtelle boulevards (in response to community feedback), and a new left-turn signal at the intersection of Venice and Hughes Avenue (coming in Summer 2023). Work on phase 1 of the project will begin in December 2022.
Phase 1 of the project also includes a dedicated bus-only lane, which will operate along Venice Blvd between the segments of Inglewood Blvd and Bledsoe Ave in the eastbound direction, and between Tilden Ave and Culver Blvd in both directions. Three mixed-flow lanes would remain in the segment between Sepulveda and Sawtelle Boulevards to help traffic flow at the intersections with the on- and offramps from the 405 freeway.
For phase 2 of the project, LADOT and Metro will continue collaborating with local stakeholders to develop future enhancements including bus boarding islands, transit amenities, and other high-quality transportation corridors features to create a balanced and well-functioning Venice Blvd for all. Continued community engagement of the Venice Blvd. Safety and Mobility Project between Lincoln and Beethoven is anticipated in Spring and Summer of 2023.
Additional projects ready to begin construction this month include the first phase of the La Brea bus lanes and the final phase of the Alvarado bus lanes.
The initial phase of the La Brea project will add bus priority lanes on La Brea between Sunset and Olympic Boulevards. The bus lanes will be in effect on weekdays between 7-9am and 4-7pm. The short segment between 6th and 8th Streets will be completed after Purple Line Extension construction has concluded at the future Wilshire/La Brea Station area.
Installation of the second phase of the project, between Olympic and Coliseum Street, will be announced at a later date.
Also, the final phase of the Alvarado St Bus Priority Lanes Project will add bus priority lanes on Alvarado between the 101 freeway and Sunset Boulevard, and will be in operation on weekdays only, southbound from 7-10am and northbound from 3-7pm.
The initial phase of the project, from 7th St to the 101, was completed in June 2021. Overall, we are excited for the new year as Metro and LADOT collaborate and usher in ongoing implementation of NextGen Speed & Reliability improvements throughout Los Angeles.
For more information on the Venice Blvd Safety and Mobility Project, please visit the project website at ladotlivablestreets.org/projects/venice, email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s a fact sheet from the city of L.A. on the Venice project: