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LA Metro Releases Draft EIR and Begins Public Comment Period for North Hollywood to Pasadena Bus Rapid Transit Corridor Project

Monday October 26, 2020

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has released the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and has commenced its public review and comment period for the North Hollywood to Pasadena Bus Rapid Transit Corridor Project. Metro will hold virtual public hearings to provide information and gather feedback from the community on the project. The public comment period runs through Dec. 10, 2020.

The $267-million, 18-mile project aims to build a high-quality Bus Rapid Transit line that will connect the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys, traveling east-west between the North Hollywood Metro B (Red)/G (Orange) Line Station and Pasadena City College with stops in downtown Burbank, Glendale and Eagle Rock, depending on the route option.

The report released today is designed to provide the community with information on potential environmental impacts, identify ways to prevent potential damage to the environment and provide information about the decision-making process used by Metro on this project. It also includes information on potential route options and alternatives to be considered by the public.

The full Draft EIR can be viewed at http://metro.net/nohopasbrt.

The official review and comment period will end Dec. 10 and the public has multiple ways to submit comments on the project:

By mail to:
Scott Hartwell
LA Metro
One Gateway Plaza
Mail Stop 99-22-6
Los Angeles CA 90012

By email to:
nohopasbrt@metro.net

By phone:
213.418.3228

Virtual platform:
Metro has created an online, virtual platform that will remain open through Dec. 10, with exhibits, information, a project video and an opportunity to provide official comment on the Draft EIR.

The virtual platform can be visited at: http://metro.net/nohopasbrt.

Virtual Public Hearings:
Metro will host two virtual public hearings that can be attended online or by phone:

Thursday, Nov. 12, 6-8 p.m.
Online link: https://zoom.us/j/93362737314
Webinar ID: 933 6273 7314
Telephone (toll free): 877.853.5247, 888.788.0099, 833.548.0276 or 833.548.0282

Saturday, Nov. 14, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Online link: https://zoom.us/j/93255094044
Webinar ID: 932 5509 4044
Telephone (toll free): 833.548 0276, 833.548.0282, 877.853.5247 or 888.788.0099

More about the project
The project’s goal is to provide a fast and affordable bus line that will service a corridor that sees more than 700,000 daily trips. This new line will also offer a more sustainable mobility option by utilizing zero-emission electric buses.

BRT is a high-quality bus service that provides faster and more reliable, equitable and convenient service. BRT features may include fewer stops, frequent service, dedicated bus lanes, high-quality stations with amenities, transit signal priority, all-door boarding, and more prominent branding.

The project is funded by the Measure M sales tax measure approved by L.A. County voters in 2016, along with SB 1 gas tax and vehicle fees, and is scheduled to open by 2024. It aims to meet priorities set out in Metro’s Vision 2028 strategic plan to offer high-quality mobility options and outstanding trip experiences, while enhancing communities and lives through better transportation options and access to opportunity.

For more information about the North Hollywood to Pasadena BRT Project, visit http://metro.net/nohopasbrt.

About Metro

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is currently providing lifeline service for essential trips and frontline workers. Metro continues building the most ambitious transportation infrastructure program in the United States and is working to greatly improve mobility through its Vision 2028 Plan.

Metro has proudly pledged to the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Health and Safety Commitment Program to help ensure the safe return of transit riders as the U.S. recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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