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. As part of the working group’s recommendations, bus priority lanes along Florence Av are planned from the Florence A Line (Blue) Station to West Boulevard, near the K Line Fairview Heights Station, to improve the speed, frequency and reliability of our Line 111 buses along the corridor.
During the outreach process for the Florence Av Bus Priority Lanes Project, questions and concerns were received regarding the proposed one-hour No Parking extension during the morning and evening peak hours for the portion of the bus lanes within the city of Los Angeles from West Blvd. to Central Avenue. After weighing the benefits and tradeoffs, it was determined that the project would not pursue this extension. As a result, the bus priority lanes will operate from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. in the mornings and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the late afternoon and early evening.
The current weekday No Parking restrictions for the unincorporated L.A. County portion of the project — from Central to the Florence A (Blue) Line Station — will be updated to the same hours in order to be consistent and keep buses reliable.
Concerns were also raised regarding the pavement conditions on Florence, particularly the western portion of the corridor. Although Metro has no jurisdiction over city streets, staff collaborated with our partners at Council District 8, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) and the Bureau of Street Services (StreetsLA) to bring these community concerns to their attention so they could be addressed.
StreetsLA is now anticipated to begin resurfacing work along key segments of the western portion of Florence this week (Feb. 27). Information on the specific details of that work and who to contact with any questions can be found here.
Metro staff will begin to finalize the project design and work toward opening the new lanes this coming Fall. An updated project description and other information can be found on the project website at metro.net/Florence.
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