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Bus Rapid Transit Corridor Technical Studies

In December 2013, Metro completed the Los Angeles County Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and Street Improvement Study that identified nine strong candidate corridors countywide for possible service.  In July 2014, the Metro Board directed staff to move forward with a more detailed corridor level analysis of two of the nine corridors, the Vermont and the North Hollywood to Pasadena corridors.  Metro is currently conducting BRT technical studies on both corridors.

Why Bus Rapid Transit?

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is a high quality bus service that provides faster, more reliable and convenient service through the use of several key attributes, including dedicated bus lanes, branded vehicles and stations, high frequency, intelligent transportation systems, and possible off-board fare collection and/or all door boarding, and.  BRT helps avoid some of the normal delays typically experienced by regular bus service traveling in mixed flow traffic.  BRT has the potential to increase transit access, improve regional mobility, reduce transportation costs, and ease commutes.

Key BRT features include:

  • More frequent service with limited stops
  • Peak period or full-time dedicated bus lanes
  • Transit signal priority
  • Branded vehicles/stations
  • Customer friendly stations/stops with passenger amenities
  • Real-time bus arrival information
  • All-door boarding

BRT can travel:

  • Curb-running dedicated lanes
  • Median-running dedicated lanes

Curb Running BRT
Curb Running BRT

Median Running BRT
Median Running BRT

Why study BRT?

Metro is always seeking opportunities to:

  • Improve transit service for both existing and future riders
  • Attract new riders
  • Improve bus travel speeds, service reliability and/or on-time performance
  • Enhance passenger comfort and convenience
  • Ease traffic congestion
  • Reduce bus/auto conflicts

What is the schedule for the BRT Corridor Technical Studies and where are we in that process?

The two BRT Corridor Technical Studies began in August 2015.  Each study is scheduled to take approximately 14 months and should be completed in Fall 2016.  When complete, a final report and recommendations will be presented to the Metro Board for their consideration and further direction.

Are these projects funded?

The BRT Corridor Technical Studies are not included in Metro’s adopted 2009 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), which is currently being updated.  Both projects are being considered as part of the Draft Expenditure Plan for a November 2016 potential ballot measure being considered by the Metro Board.  On March 24 th , the Metro Board authorized the release of the Draft Expenditure Plan for a public review period.  It is anticipated that the Metro Board will make a decision as to whether to place the measure on the November 2016 ballot in June 2016.

Overview & Purpose

The Vermont corridor extends approximately 12.5 miles from Hollywood Boulevard south to 120th Street. It is the second busiest bus corridor (behind Wilshire) in Los Angeles County with over 45,000 weekday boardings.  In addition to being one of the busiest bus corridors in the region, there are also approximately 150,775 people who reside in the study area (within ½ mile either side).  The Vermont Corridor also provides important connections to the Metro Rail system as well as several Metro Rapid and local bus lines and several DASH and municipal services.   The majority of the corridor falls within the City of Los Angeles with approximately 2.5 miles on the south end (the west side of Vermont only) in the County of Los Angeles.  The Vermont BRT Corridor Technical Study will analyze the feasibility of implementing BRT service on the corridor.

Vermont Corridor

Why the Vermont Corridor?

There are several reasons why BRT is being studied for the Vermont Corridor.  These include to improve and/or enhance the existing transit service and to address:

  • Slow travel speeds
  • Overcrowded buses
  • Poor on-time performance
  • Recurring bottlenecks at major intersections
  • Bus/auto conflicts
  • Heavy traffic congestion along corridor

Vermont Corridor Map

Overview & Purpose

The North Hollywood to Pasadena BRT corridor extends approximately 16 miles from the North Hollywood Metro Red/Orange Line Station to the Metro Gold Line in Pasadena.  This corridor provides an important connection between the Cities of Burbank, Glendale, Los Angeles, and Pasadena.

The North Hollywood to Pasadena BRT Corridor Technical Study will evaluate both freeway and street options to determine which potential project alignment best address the following objectives:

  • Provide enhanced transit service
  • Attract new riders
  • Improve traffic flow
  • Increase corridor people carrying capacity
  • Provide improved access to major activity centers and destinations
  • Enhance regional connectivity

Why the North Hollywood to Pasadena Corridor?

The North Hollywood to Pasadena corridor has been identified as an important regional link between the San Gabriel and San Fernando Valleys.  Enhanced transit service along this corridor is important because of the existing traffic conditions along the SR-134 and the need for linkages between the major employment and/or activity centers, such as hospitals, entertainment studios, and shopping districts, within the Cities of Burbank, Glendale, Los Angeles, and Pasadena.  The BRT would build upon new freeway express Line 501 being piloted, which began operations on March 1, 2016.

North Hollywood to Pasadena Corridor map


The North San Fernando Valley Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project will provide a premium east-west transit service linking key activity centers, ease traffic, meet the growing demand for transit in the San Fernando Valley and improve connectivity to the regional transit system. The study area includes the communities of Northridge, Panorama City, Sun Valley, Pacoima, Sylmar, and North Hollywood, and the City of San Fernando.


  • Measure M funded project ($180 M)
  • January 2017 - Began environmental work looking at corridor characteristics/demographics and travel patterns
  • Early 2018 - Award contract to complete environmental review (anticipated to take approximately 2 years)
  • Spring 2018 - Conduct public scoping meetings to solicit initial feedback and comments
  • Projected opening date 2023 - 2025, per Measure M expenditure plan

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