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North Hollywood to Pasadena Transit Corridor

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The North Hollywood to Pasadena Bus Rapid Transit Corridor (NoHo to Pasadena BRT) extends approximately 18 miles and is a key regional connection between the San Fernando and San Gabriel Valleys with connections to the Metro Red, Orange and Gold Lines, as well as Metrolink and other municipal bus lines.

In May 2019, the Alternatives Analysis Report was presented to the Metro Board of Directors.  At that same time, the Metro Board directed staff to initiate the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

The 60-day scoping period to receive comments on the proposed project and potential environmental concerns that should be addressed in the Draft EIR was initiated on June 17, 2019 and will continue through August 15, 2019.

Five Scoping Meetings were held throughout July 2019 to receive public comments.  Comments can also be submitted here through August 15 th .

The scope of the Draft EIR, including the goals and objectives, project area, project description, and the environmental impacts to be evaluated will be presented at the public scoping meetings.

OTHER WAYS TO PROVIDE COMMENTS

Call (213) 418-3228 and record your formal comment on the North Hollywood to Pasadena BRT Corridor Project hotline number.

Mail written comments to:

Mr. Scott Hartwell
Metro
One Gateway Plaza
Mail Stop 99-22-6
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Email comments to: nohopasbrt@metro.net


Metro  has initiated a Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the North Hollywood to Pasadena BRT Corridor Project pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Metro is the lead agency for the EIR. The Draft EIR will be prepared in accordance with Sections 15120 through 15132 of the CEQA Guidelines.

The Project that is being analyzed as part of the Draft EIR is a proposed Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line that would extend approximately 18 miles from North Hollywood to Pasadena and serve as a regional connection between the San Fernando and San Gabriel Valleys.

Generally, the proposed project would include:

  • Dedicated bus lanes in areas where there is adequate existing street width. The configuration of dedicated bus lanes could be:
    > curb-running
    > side-running - alongside existing parking and bicycle facilities
    > median-running - in the center of the roadway or alongside existing roadway medians
  • Include 18 to 21 potential stations*
  • Enhanced facilities and features for a premium transit service, including signal priority and frequent service
  • Potential First/Last Mile improvements to further enhance mobility and access to the proposed BRT Project

*More specific determinations regarding station locations are dependent upon further design development and environmental analysis.

The purpose of the Draft EIR is to disclose the impacts of the Project on the environment. The Draft EIR will address the following topics:

  • Aesthetics
  • Agriculture/Forestry Resources
  • Air Quality
  • Biological Resources
  • Cultural Resources
  • Energy
  • Geology/Soils
  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • Hazards and Hazardous Materials
  • Hydrology/Water Quality
  • Land Use/Planning
  • Mineral Resources
  • Noise
  • Population/Housing
  • Public Services
  • Recreation
  • Transportation
  • Tribal Cultural Resources
  • Utilities/Service Systems
  • Wildfire

Project design features and mitigation measures to reduce potentially significant impacts during construction and operation will be identified in the Draft EIR.


The Draft EIR will analyze the Proposed Project, which includes various route options.  The Proposed Project primarily runs along surface streets with some segments running along State Route 134 in mixed-flow freeway lanes.

PROPOSED PROJECT

NORTH HOLLYWOOD

Within North Hollywood, the proposed project begins/ends at the North Hollywood Metro Red/Orange Line Station.  From the station, there are two different route options being considered:

1. Via Lankershim Bl; or
2. Vineland Ave

Both routes would then continue onto the SR 134 at Riverside Dr.

BURBANK

Within Burbank, the BRT would exit the SR 134 to serve the Burbank Media District before continuing along Olive Av to Glenoaks Bl.

GLENDALE

Within Glendale, the BRT would operate  along Glenoaks Bl, before continuing via three different potential routes:

1. At Central Av, the BRT could merge onto the SR 134 exiting at Harvey Dr, then continue east along Colorado Bl;
2. Via Central Av to either Broadway or Colorado St; or
3. Via Central Av to either Broadway or Colorado St

Both Broadway and Colorado St are being considered for east-west travel within Glendale as each option provides connections to different key destinations within the city, including the Glendale Galleria, The Americana at Brand, and the new Armenian American Museum)

EAGLE ROCK

Within the community of Eagle Rock, the BRT would operate along Colorado Bl before merging onto the SR 134 at Linda Rosa Av

PASADENA

Within Pasadena, various route options are being considered:

1. The BRT could exit the SR 134 at Fair Oaks Av and head south to Walnut St.  From there the BRT would operate along Walnut St to Raymond Av and connect to the Memorial Park Gold Line Station.  It would then continue east on Colorado Bl in mixed-flow lanes to Hill Av at Pasadena City College;
2. The BRT could also exit the  SR 134 at Orange Grove Bl and continue east on Colorado Av in mixed-flow lanes to Hill St at Pasadena City College; or,
3. The BRT could operate as a couplet in mixed flow lanes, with buses traveling east along Green St to Hill Av at Pasadena City College.  On the return trip, the BRT would travel west along Union St.


UPDATE: SCOPING PERIOD EXTENDED UNTIL AUGUST 15, 2019

Thank you to everyone who provided input or attended any of the five public scoping meetings for the North Hollywood to Pasadena Bus Rapid Transit Corridor Project.  We appreciate your time and commitment to this Project.  Scoping is the first step in the environmental review process to evaluate the project corridor and environmental resources and study them in-depth in the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR).

Metro continues to receive comments daily on the project’s planning efforts and scope of the Draft EIR. Because of tremendous community response, Metro has extended the public scoping period for an additional 15 days, for a total 60-day scoping period, that will conclude on Thursday, August 15, 2019.

We value your input on this project.  For those that have not already done so, there are several ways to submit your comments on the project:

nohopasbrt@metro.net

213.418.3228

Scott Hartwell
Project Manager
Metro
One Gateway Plaza
Mail Stop 99-2-6
Los Angeles, CA 90012

metro.net/nohopasbrt

Comment Form

Metro anticipates releasing the Draft EIR in next Spring 2020 for public review and comment.  In the meantime, the Project team will continue to engage with community members and interested stakeholders to continue to shape this exciting Project. Metro’s goal is to provide connections from the regional transit network to key destinations within North Hollywood, Burbank, Glendale, Eagle Rock and Pasadena while creating more choice for traveling for everyone.

The meeting materials presented at the scoping meetings are available on the Project website or below via the following links:

Past Meetings

At the late September and early October 2018 meetings, Metro staff presented information about the NoHo to Pasadena Bus Rapid Transit Corridor Project.


Measure M and SB 1 provide $267 million for the North Hollywood to Pasadena BRT, which has an anticipated opening date between FY 2022 and FY 2024.



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