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Committee to Hear Details of Metro’s Pasadena-to-North Hollywood Rapid Bus Service

Published on Monday, February 13, 2017 | 5:07 am

The Pasadena City Council’s Municipal Services Committee will hear updates on a technical study being done by Metro on planned upgrades to the Pasadena-to-North Hollywood bus rapid transit service during the committee’s regular meeting on Tuesday, February 14.

The Metro 501 bus, providing express bus service between the Gold Line in Pasadena and the Red and Orange Lines in North Hollywood, already services the route as a pilot line starting in March last year.

With Measure M approving Metro’s half-cent tax increase passed by Los Angeles County voters last November, Metro plans to build bus-only lanes for much of the route, adding more stops and further reducing the present 45-minute commute time. Construction is expected to cost between $120 million and $450 million and could begin in 2020.

Metro says its North Hollywood-to-Pasadena BRT Corridor Technical Study seeks to evaluate both freeway and street options to determine which potential project alignment could best provide enhanced transit service, attract new riders, improve traffic flow, increase people-carrying capacity, provide improved access to major activity centers and destinations, and enhance regional connectivity.

Also in the agenda for Tuesday’s Municipal Services Committee meeting is a series of reports from Pasadena Water and Power about the utility’s major initiatives, energy efficiency goals and updates on the Pasadena Non-Potable Water Project.

PWP Interim Manager Gurcharan Bawa has listed a number of priority projects the utility plans to implement for fiscal year 2017. For the PWP Power Division, major plans include implementation of the GT-2 Action Plan and Power Integrated Resource Plan, a Renewable Portfolio Standard Plan that calls for renewable energy sources supplying at least 40 percent of Pasadena’s electricity requirements, and new 10-year energy efficiency goals for PWP.

PWP’s Water Division is prioritizing updates to its Water Waste Prohibitions and Water Shortage Plans for 2017, and its Finance and Systems Divisions have listed completing the water cost-of-service and water rate redesign recommendation as priority.

Bawa said the City Council must adopt new 10-year energy efficiency and demand reduction goals for PWP by March 15 in order to meet statutory deadlines.

California AB 2021, signed into law in September 2006, requires that the governing bodies of public utilities adopt 10-year goals every three years beginning in 2007. AB 2227 in 2012 changed the adoption timeline to every four years beginning in 2013. These statutes also require that utilities report their energy efficiency goals, spending, and progress regularly to the California Energy Commission.

Bawa said achieving energy efficiency helps PWP support the goals of other state laws, including those intended to reduce California’s greenhouse gas emissions, double statewide energy efficiency savings by 2030, and statutes that require each local publicly owned electric utility to acquire all cost effective, reliable, and feasible energy efficiency and demand response prior to other energy supply resources.

The Municipal Services Committee starts meeting at 4 p.m. at the Council Chambers at City Hall.

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