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Frequently Asked Questions

Background/Overview

    1. There already is Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service on Wilshire Blvd. with the Metro Rapid and Metro Rapid Express.  How is this different?

      The study will evaluate whether to dedicate curb lanes for buses during weekday morning and evening peak hours. Vehicles turning right at upcoming intersections or driveways would also be allowed into the bus lanes. Currently, there are no such dedicated bus lanes on Wilshire Blvd.

    1. What are the benefits of BRT versus other buses operating in the corridor?

      Bus lanes are a critical element of a BRT system in heavily traveled corridors such as Wilshire.  They can improve travel time, schedule reliability, and increase transit ridership.

    1. Didn't we already have bus lanes on Wilshire Blvd.?  What happened to them?

      From March 2004 to August 2007, there was a peak period bus lane along Wilshire Blvd. in West Los Angeles between Federal and Centinela Aves. The City of Los Angeles removed the bus lane in August 2007 pending a more in-depth BRT study which is now underway.

    2. Does this project take the place of the current Westside Subway Extension?

      No.  This project is separate from the westward extension of the Metro Purple Line subway, which is currently undergoing its own environmental review process.  However, it is an excellent near-term improvement for this heavily traveled transit corridor.

Street Improvements

    1. Will there be traffic engineering improvements along Wilshire Boulevard?

      Yes. Some of these improvements would include the rebuilding of curb lanes along the most heavily damaged portions of Wilshire Blvd., enhanced traffic signal timing, improved bus signal priority, extension of the eastbound left-turn pocket at Sepulveda Blvd., and some selected street widening.

    1. Will all of Wilshire Boulevard be rebuilt?

      No.  The largest segment of Wilshire Blvd. to be rebuilt as a part of this project is the curb lanes between Fairfax and Western Aves.  There are also other smaller segments along the project corridor that will be repaired as part of other infrastructure improvements.

    2. Will Wilshire Boulevard be widened at any point?

      Yes. Wilshire Blvd. would be widened between Barrington and Bonsall to allow for the installation of a new eastbound bus lane.

Parking

    1. What kind of parking restrictions can I expect along Wilshire Boulevard?

      Since most of the parking along Wilshire Blvd. is currently prohibited during the weekday peak hours of 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., this project would have little effect on parking restrictions since the bus lanes would operate during these same hours.
    2. Will there be a loss of on-street parking?

      This will be evaluated as part of this study.

BRT Operations

    1. Will the bus lanes operate 24 hours a day?

      No. The curbside bus lanes are proposed to operate only during weekday peak periods between the hours of 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.  They will not operate on weekends.

    1. How will this project improve existing Wilshire Boulevard BRT service?

      If implemented, passenger travel times and service reliability are expected to improve for transit service on Wilshire Blvd.
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Environmental Analysis

    1. An Initial Study/Environmental Assessment (IS/EA) was started previously for this project.  Why has this been changed to an EIR/EA?

      As a part of the analysis conducted during the IS/EA, it was determined that there were potential project impacts that required a greater level of environmental review. It was decided to elevate the study to an EIR to allow that level of analysis, and also in response to community input requesting an EIR.
    2. What will be done with the information collected during the IS/EA process?

      That information will be included into the EIR/EA.
    3. When will the traffic studies be completed and available for the community to review?

      They will be incorporated in the Draft EIR/EA which will be circulated for public review in the Spring of 2010.
    4. Will this project cause further congestion on Wilshire Boulevard?

      That is one of the questions the EIR/EA will evaluate.

    1. What is the cost of the project?  How is it funded?

      The project cost is approximately $31.5 million. The Federal government is providing $23.3 million. Metro and the City of Los Angeles are contributing approximately $8.2 million.

Timing

    1. When will the project be operational?

      Once the EIR/EA is complete, the FTA, Metro, Los Angeles City Council and the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors will need to approve it. Approval of the final EIR/EA is expected by June 2010. Once this occurs, final design and construction of the project may begin. Construction is scheduled to be complete within two years.
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    2. How will construction impact the existing BRT service?

      It is not known yet exactly how construction will impact the existing BRT service, however, Metro and the City of Los Angeles will work to minimize any impacts to existing services. Construction impacts and mitigation measures will be identified in the Draft EA/EIR for community review.

Miscellaneous

    1. Why doesn't the project include the City of Beverly Hills?

      The City of Beverly Hills has indicated interest in considering peak period bus lanes for their portion of Wilshire Boulevard after they are implemented in the City of Los Angeles.

Questions, Comments & More Information

    1. Can Metro present this information to my Association or Group?

      Yes, we would be happy to make a presentation. Please go to Contact Us and fill out the on-line comment form or call the project information line at 213.922.2500 to set up a meeting.

  1. When is the deadline for submitting comments to be considered in the EIR/EA?

    Your comments are always welcome, however, the deadline for comments on the EIR/EA was October 23, 2009.

  2. How can I provide comments or ask additional questions about the Wilshire BRT Project?

    Online: Complete our electronic Comment/Question form.  Go to Contact Us .

    U.S. Mail:  Please send written comments to Martha Butler, Project Manager, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (METRO), One Gateway Plaza, M/S 99-23-1, Los Angeles, CA 90012-2952.

    Email:  You are welcome to send comments as digital audio or video files. They can be sent via e-mail to WilshireBRT@metro.net .  Please be sure to include all of your contact information in the body of your e-mail.

    Phone:  You can also leave a voice message on the Wilshire BRT Project hotline number at 213.922.2500. Phone messages are retrieved at least once every business day.

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