The North Hollywood to Pasadena Corridor extends approximately 16 miles and is a key regional connection between the San Fernando and San Gabriel Valleys.
Metro’s 2013 Countywide Bus Rapid Transit (CBRT) and Street Design Improvement Study identified the corridor as for implementation of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). The CBRT also identified the North Hollywood to Pasadena corridor as the most heavily traveled corridor without a premium bus service. As a result, the corridor was selected as one of the first to be studied for potential BRT implementation.
The corridor parallel to the SR-134 Freeway has more than 700,000 daily trips coming into the study area from the San Fernando and San Gabriel Valleys. The Cities of Los Angeles, Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena, as well as the community of Eagle Rock in Los Angeles, are located within the North Hollywood to Pasadena Corridor.
The corridor has a dense residential population with many cultural, entertainment, shopping and employment areas distributed throughout. Several major employment and activity centers exist within the corridor, including Hollywood Burbank Airport, Burbank Media Center, Glendale Galleria, the Americana at Brand, downtown Eagle Rock and Old Town Pasadena.
In February 2017, Metro completed the North Hollywood to Pasadena BRT Corridor Technical Study , which explored the feasibility of implementing BRT, including bus lanes and other key BRT features. The Technical Study identified a Primary Street and Primary Freeway Concept, each with various route variations, as the most promising alternatives to address the transportation challenge in the corridor. The Metro Board of Directors approved advancing the project to the environmental phase in March 2017,
In June 2018, work commenced on the North Hollywood to Pasadena BRT Planning and Environmental Study. Building on the North Hollywood to Pasadena BRT Corridor Technical Study, the Planning and Environmental Study will further evaluate potential BRT concepts and/or alignments through an Alternatives Analysis (AA) and identify a Proposed Project for the corridor. The Proposed Project, along with possibly a couple of other potential alternatives, will then advance to the environmental phase of the Study, pursuant to California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) guidelines.
The Study will also look at and identify potential opportunities to encourage Transit Oriented Communities (TOC) along the corridor.
Project goals include:
- Designing a premium transit service that is more competitive with auto travel to attract choice riders
- Improving transit access to major activity centers and employment sites
- Enhancing connectivity to Metro and regional rail services
- Providing improved passenger comfort and convenience
- Supporting community plans and transit-oriented development goals
The AA is expected to be completed by spring 2019. Once completed, preparation of a draft and final environmental document will begin with completion expected in fall 2020.
Ongoing and meaningful community input will be vital to the planning and environmental process. An initial series of community meetings will be held during the summer of 2018.
Primary Street Concept
The Primary Street Concept runs exclusively on surface streets for approximately 17.3 miles and includes 23 BRT station locations.
Alternative Street Route Options being considered under the Street Concept for each corridor segment include:
- Western Segment: In lieu of the Lankershim Boulevard, Riverside Drive and Olive Avenue combination, three other options are being considered within this segment of the project area.
- Central Segment: In lieu of the Broadway Boulevard, Brand Boulevard, and Glenoaks Boulevard combination, two other options are being considered.
- Eastern Segment: Rather than operating service on Colorado Boulevard through Old Pasadena, as delineated for the primary concept, this option proposes a couplet that services the area via Green and Union Streets.
Primary Freeway Concept
The Primary Freeway Concept proposes a BRT alignment that operates primarily along the SR-134 High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes as well as some surface streets for approximately 15.7 miles and includes nine BRT stations.
Alternative Freeway Route Option:
Hollywood Burbank Airport Option: This option is similar to the Primary Freeway Concept in which the BRT alignment runs primarily on the SR-134 HOV lanes. This option could begin at the North Hollywood Red/Orange Line Station and travel north to the Hollywood Burbank Airport, then enter onto Interstate 5 (I-5) before merging onto the onto SR-134 at the I-5/SR-134 interchange. This option includes 12 stations.
Measure M provides $267 million for the North Hollywood to Pasadena BRT, which has an anticipated opening date between FY 2022 and FY 2024.