The La Brea Av Bus Priority Lanes Project is an important step toward building a safer and faster multi-modal transit network in Los Angeles.
Located along a 5.9-mile segment of La Brea Av, between Sunset Bl and Coliseum St, the project would add bus priority lanes in both directions during weekday peak hours.
Location: Central Los Angeles
Phase: Early Planning
Type: Better Transit
Traffic congestion on local streets steals valuable time and creates safety issues for all street users, particularly those taking public transit to get to and from home, work, school, businesses, and other key locations.
Moving More People Using Less Infrastructure
Metro has a plan to make it easier to get around LA. Bus service is the backbone of public transit, which is why the NextGen Bus Plan reimagined the bus system to focus on providing fast, frequent, reliable, and accessible service. Bus priority lanes are key to successfully implementing this plan. These lanes would improve bus speeds by as much as 15% or more, increasing service frequency and reliability, as well as enhancing mobility by moving more people without adding more infrastructure.
Improving Mobility in LA
The La Brea Av Bus Priority Lanes Project is an important step toward building a safer and faster multi-modal transit network in Los Angeles. Located along a 5.9-mile segment of La Brea Av, between Sunset Bl and Coliseum St, the project would add bus priority lanes in both directions during weekday peak hours, between 7-9am and 4-7pm on the segment from Sunset Bl to Olympic Bl, and between 7-10am and 3-7pm on the segment from Olympic Bl to Coliseum St.
How These New Lanes Would Work
Converts the curbside lane in each direction into a bus priority and right turn only lane on weekdays during peak hours from 7-9am and 4-7pm on the segment from Sunset Bl to Olympic Bl, and between 7-10am and 3-7pm on the segment from Olympic Bl to Coliseum St.
Buses would run every seven to eight minutes during bus lane hours
Two general traffic lanes and left turn lanes would be maintained in each direction. Drivers can use the bus priority lanes to make right turns at intersections and driveways.
One-hour extension of existing weekday No Parking restriction in the mornings and evenings on the segment from Olympic Bl to Coliseum St
Benefits for All Street Users
Improves speed, frequency and reliability of bus service on the corridor
Improves safety of crossing streets and walking to nearby bus stops
Improves connections to the E Line (Expo), Purple (D Line) Extension Transit Project (currently under construction) and the nearby B Line (Red) at Hollywood/Highland
Maintains existing midday, weekend and overnight parking for residents, businesses, and visitors to the area
Provides quick and easy access to jobs, homes, businesses, and other key locations such as the Hollywood Walk of Fame, West Hollywood Gateway Shopping Center, Rancho Cienega Recreation Center and Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza
The majority of construction activities for the initial phase of the project between Sunset Bl and Olympic Bl will begin in early 2023. The construction notice can be viewed here.
Metro’s contractor will conduct striping removals and restripe curbside lanes, replace existing signs with new bus lane signs, and install pavement markings for new bus priority lanes on La Brea Av, between Sunset Bl and Olympic Bl. Installation of the second phase of the project, between Olympic Bl and Coliseum St, will be announced at a later time.