Ride our bus priority lanes on Sepulveda Boulevard!

Do you live, work, or play in the San Fernando Valley? Have you ridden Line 234 down Sepulveda Boulevard lately? If you haven’t yet, what are you waiting for? Try out our new(ish) bus priority lanes 

These bus priority lanes extend 5.6 miles between Ventura Boulevard in Encino and Rayen Street in North Hills. There’s also a .9-mile lane on Ventura Boulevard going westbound from Vesper Avenue to Sepulveda Boulevard. Since they opened, these new lanes have been speeding up Line 234 by up to 15% or more. Better yet, our operators are driving them 24 hours a day! 

While these special bus lanes have been in operation since this past October, we held a small ceremony to celebrate the project this morning in Van Nuys. Bus priority lanes reflect the importance of teamwork in the work we do. Our roads pass through so many neighborhoods, council districts, and even entire cities. That means that it’s up to us to come together in order to make sure they’re safe, efficient, clean, and connect us to everywhere we want to go.  

The ceremony was attended by L.A. County Supervisor Board Chair and Metro Board Member Lindsey Horvath, Metro Board Member Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker, L.A. Council President and Metro Board Member Paul Krekorian, Councilmember Imelda Padilla (CD-6), Mehmet Berker, Director of Transportation and Infrastructure for Councilmember Nithya Raman (CD-4) as well as representatives from the mayor’s office, LADOT, and Metro CEO Stephanie Wiggins. All of these people played critical roles in bringing these bus lanes to life.  

Bringing these bus priority lanes reflect the role of teamwork in the work we do.

Bus priority lanes are relatively quick and cost-effective ways to improve transit. We can build them without widening roads, kicking up dust, or building new infrastructure. They represent innovation at its best.  

And we’re not done yet! Today, we have 51 lane miles of bus priority lanes in service throughout the region, with another 34 lane miles under construction on Florence Avenue in South LA and Roscoe Boulevard in the San Fernando Valley.  In the future, we will open up 13 more on Vermont Avenue, which will extend from Hollywood Boulevard in the north all the way south to 120th Street. (And if you want to weigh in –– we’re hosting a community meeting about the project this Thursday.) By 2028, we will have 100 miles of bus priority lanes operating in Los Angeles.  

We hope that you’ll join us on a ride.  

 

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7 replies

  1. It’s true that it’s not a great look if buses don’t run more frequently in said lanes. So, increase the frequency! Also, start enforcing the violations, aggressively! As for why people aren’t using them for bikes, it’s probably because they still don’t feel safe since I’m assuming they allow right turns which allows high speed traffic making right turns to still cut off cyclists, as well as lane violators being an issue. As for the other complaints about the bus lanes taking up general traffic lanes, whine some more! The fact is most Angelinos want these kinds of changes. The only way to avoid traffic at this point is having viable alternatives to driving. Buses (with proper enforcement) don’t have to be stuck in traffic anymore. That’s a good thing that LA has needed for decades.

  2. Don’t see the benefit of the new Bus and Bike Lanes. I’ve never seen one bike in the lane and rarely buses . Perhaps local government officials should have taken a closer look. It was a big mistake and causing more problems than benefits. Please consider getting rid of them
    Thank you

    • People used to say the same thing about the trains. Maybe instead learn to adapt with them. Something Americans can’t seem to comprehend for some reason.

      The only valid argument is yes the lack of frequency and Metro’s idiotic stunt of getting rid of the Rapid routes that would actually benefit from Bus Only Lanes.

      TL:DR: Keep the bus lanes.

  3. Will these lanes actually be enforced? The recent La Brea ones have tons of violators blocking the lane daily.

  4. NOT ACCEPTABLE – all you have done is increase the car travel time. When are you going to learn that you do not improved traffic by taking away car lanes. This should be revered immediately. It appears that the goal of Metro is to make LA undrivable. Shame on you for this abomination. I will NEVER vote to give you more money as long as pull this crap.

    • Take the hint!! That’s the point!!! To make driving unbearable, which by the way, driving in LA has always been unbearable to begin with.

      Hey, no one is stopping you from driving though, learn to adapt!!!

      Typical LA “me” attitude. “Oh I pay taxes” – That’s not an argument you wanna ride.

      • That bus lane will not get one driver out of their car. You apparently never have to go to multiple places in a single trip, or care any significant amount of stuff. The vast majority of people in LA CANNOT conduct their lives on public transit, it simple does not work n a city this diverse and this spread out. Buses are only good point to point if you live within a few blocks and are going within a few blocks at the other end. I have used the bus/rail system, but only when it is a point to point trip, and i am not carrying much. You cannot do Van Nuys to Willowbrook to Torrance to Midwilshire and back to the valley in one day on public transit. Neither people like you or the MTA get the lifestyles of people in LA, and thus waste billions on stupid projects that do not help. The bus lanes being a prime example. DO NOT REMOVE TRAFIC LANES ANYWHERE – EVER

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