The Vermont corridor extends approximately 12.5 miles from Hollywood Boulevard south to 120th Street. It is the second busiest bus corridor in Los Angeles County with more than 45,000 weekday boardings. The Vermont Corridor not only connects to several rail lines, including the Metro Red, Purple, Expo and Green Lines, but also to dozens of other Metro Rapid and local bus lines as well as several major activity centers. The majority of the corridor falls within the City of Los Angeles with approximately 2.5 miles on the south end (the west side of Vermont only) in the County of Los Angeles.
The Vermont Corridor is being studied in multiple phases.
In February 2017, Metro completed Phase I - the Vermont Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Technical Study . The purpose of the study was to explore and develop recommendations for an effective BRT corridor that could include median, side-running, and/or curbside dedicated bus lanes, as well as other proposed service and street improvements. As a result of the study, four initial BRT concepts were identified and evaluated. Of the four concepts, two stood out as being the most promising in terms of providing the greatest benefits.
In March 2017, the Metro Board directed staff to conduct further analysis of the corridor. Phase II of the study, the Vermont Transit Corridor – Rail Conversion/Feasibility Study, will focus on considerations that should be included in the final design of any BRT concept to ensure that its implementation does not preclude any potential conversion to rail in the future.
The Vermont Transit Corridor - Rail Conversion/Feasibility Technical Study will also identify feasible rail modes and ridership thresholds that may inform the potential conversion of BRT to rail in the future. This effort is expected to take approximately one year. At that time, staff will return to the Board with next steps.
|2016-2017||Phase I - BRT Technical Study|
|2018-2019||Phase II - Rail Conversion Feasibility/Technical Study|
|2019-2023||Vermont BRT Corridor Project environmental review|
End-to-End Side-Running BRT
- Creates 12.4 miles of side-running BRT by converting traffic lanes next to parking to dedicated bus lanes
- Results in loss of 446 all-day parking spaces
Combination Side and Center-Running BRT
- Creates 8.2 miles of side-running dedicated bus lanes by converting traffic lanes next to parking (north of Gage Avenue)
- Creates 4.2 miles of center-running dedicated bus lanes by converting the center traffic lanes (south of Gage Avenue)
- Results in loss of 464 all-day parking spaces
In November 2016, Los Angeles County residents approved Measure M, a half-cent sales tax that funds a number of transportation projects/programs. The Vermont BRT is funded and included as a Measure M project with an opening date of FY 2028-2030.
Measure M included a provision for a potential future conversion to rail (currently after Fiscal Year 2067) based on ridership demand.
Vermont Bus Rapid Transit Technical Study (Phase I)
The Vermont Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Technical Study (Phase I) was completed in February 2017.
The purpose of the Vermont BRT Technical Study was to assess the feasibility of implementing BRT, including strategies for improving bus service along the corridor. The key study objectives included:
- Identify existing conditions affecting bus service performance and establish the need for improvements;
- Describe conditions/constraints, both physical and operational, affecting BRT planning and design;
- Evaluate the feasibility and challenges associated with potential BRT concepts;
- Identify project benefits, potential impacts, and key tradeoffs associated with BRT implementation; and
- Identify promising BRT concepts to carry forward into the next level of study.
Several project goals were also identified including:
Enhance the customer experience
- Better passenger amenities
- Improve pedestrian/bicycle access
Improve service performance
- Reduce passenger travel times
- Improve service reliability
- Increase ridership
Invest in the community
- Improve mobility and livability
As a result of the study, four initial BRT concepts were identified and evaluated. Of the four concepts, two stood out as being the most promising in terms of providing the greatest benefits and include:
- End-to-End Side-Running BRT, and
- Combination Side and Center-Running BRT
Vermont Transit Corridor - Rail Conversion/Feasibility Technical Study (Phase II)
The purpose of the Vermont Transit Corridor – Rail Conversion/Feasibility Technical Study (Phase II) is to re-evaluate the initial BRT concepts previously identified in the Vermont BRT Technical Study to ensure that any design of a BRT system on Vermont does not preclude a potential future conversion to rail.. The Vermont BRT is funded and included as a Measure M project with an opening date of FY 2028-2030.
Although there is no immediate funding for rail, the Vermont Transit Corridor – Rail Conversion/Feasibility Study, will also include evaluating and comparing potential rail alternatives such as heavy rail, light rail, and/or streetcar/tram. The Study will also forecast ridership thresholds that inform the conversion of BRT to rail and will evaluate opportunities to facilitate and promote Transit Oriented Community (TOC) outcomes for each alternative.