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Overview

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.

Project Schedule

2016-2017 Phase I - BRT Technical Study
2018-2019 Phase II - Rail Conversion Feasibility/Technical Study
2019-2023 Vermont BRT Corridor Project environmental review

Concepts

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

Vermont Concept 1: End-to-End Side-Running BRT

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

Vermont Concept 2: Center-Running BRT South of Gage Ave.

Funding

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.

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