Metro’s 2013 Countywide Bus Rapid Transit (CBRT) and Street Design Improvement Study 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 implementation of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT).
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 route variations, as the most promising alternatives to address transportation challenges in the corridor.
In 2018, the Metro Board of Directors directed staff to complete an Alternatives Analysis (AA ) to identify alignments that will be studied as part of the Project’s Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR).
In June 2019, Metro initiated the Draft EIR that will study various route options that include both street-running and freeway-running segments that will connect the North Hollywood Metro Station to Pasadena City College.
ABOUT THE CORRIDOR
The corridor parallels the SR-134 Freeway and has more than 700,000 daily trips coming into the study area from the San Fernando and San Gabriel Valleys. The corridor extends from the North Hollywood Metro Red/Orange Line Station in the west to Pasadena City College in the east, serving cities and communities within North Hollywood, Burbank, Glendale, Eagle Rock and Pasadena.
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 the North Hollywood Arts District, Burbank Media District, Downtown Burbank, Downtown Glendale, Downtown Eagle Rock, and the Old Pasadena, Playhouse and South Lake Districts within Pasadena.
The proposed BRT Project would provide improved and reliable transit service to meet the mobility needs of residents, employees, and visitors who travel within the corridor. Objectives of the proposed project include:
- Advancing a premium transit service that is more competitive with auto travel.
- Improving accessibility for disadvantaged communities.
- Improving transit access to major local and regional activity and employment centers.
- Enhancing connectivity to Metro and other regional transit services.
- Providing improved passenger comfort and convenience.
- Supporting community plans and transit-oriented community goals.