Published : Sunday, September 30, 2018 | 2:52 PM
Metro is holding a community meeting this week in Pasadena to provide an update and gather public feedback about the plan to connect North Hollywood to Pasadena via a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service.
The meeting on Wednesday, October 3, at the Pasadena Senior Center, is one of several meetings Metro is conducting with communities in the Southland, as part of the formal planning and environmental study phase for the North Hollywood-to-Pasadena Rapid Transit project.
Two primary concepts are being considered for the project: a Primary Street Concept that follows surface streets from Metro’s Orange Line station in North Hollywood to Pasadena, and a Primary Freeway Concept that originates from North Hollywood and aligns the BRT service along the 134 Freeway HOV (high-occupancy vehicle) lanes as well as some surface streets for about 17 miles.
A Hollywood Burbank Airport variation is similar to the Primary Freeway Concept and could begin at the North Hollywood Red or Orange Line Station and travel north to the Hollywood Burbank Airport, then enter onto the 5 freeway before merging onto the 134 at the 5 and 134 interchanges.
Metro said the North Hollywood to Pasadena BRT could start service between 2022 and 2024.
Wednesday’s community meeting is from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Senior Center, located at 85 E. Holly Street in Pasadena. The Senior Center is an ADA-accessible facility and is accessible by transit. Spanish translation will be provided during the meeting.
For questions or to share your feedback, call Metro at (213) 418-3228 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 2013, Metro started a Countywide Bus Rapid Transit and Street Design Improvement Study and identified the North Hollywood to Pasadena Transit Corridor for implementation.
The corridor extends approximately 16 miles and is a key regional connection between the San Fernando and San Gabriel Valleys. The Metro study said the corridor is the most heavily-traveled corridor without a premium bus service. Parallel to the SR-134 Freeway, the corridor sees more than 700,000 daily trips coming and going into both valleys.
Aside from Pasadena, the cities of Los Angeles, Burbank, and Glendale, as well as the community of Eagle Rock in Los Angeles, are located within the North Hollywood to Pasadena Corridor, which has a dense residential population and many cultural, entertainment, shopping and employment areas.
Several major employment and activity centers exist within the corridor, including Hollywood Burbank Airport, Burbank Media Center, Glendale Galleria, the Americana at Brand, downtown Eagle Rock and Old Town Pasadena.
In February 2017, Metro completed the No-Ho to Pasadena BRT Corridor Technical Study, which explored the feasibility of implementing BRT, including bus lanes and other key BRT features.
Metro’s Board of Directors approved advancing the project to the environmental phase in March 2017. Work on the environmental study commenced in June this year.