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Environmental Study

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.