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Metro Board Could Certify EIR for North Hollywood to Pasadena Bus Route This Month

Published on Wednesday, April 13, 2022 | 1:39 pm
 
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The Metro Board of Directors will consider the final environmental study for a 19-mile rapid bus line between North Hollywood and Pasadena later this month, according to the Source.

The $317 million project, known formally as the North Hollywood to Pasadena Bus Rapid Transit Corridor Project, includes 11.3 miles of dedicated bus lanes and would run between the Red Line station in NoHo and Pasadena City College.

“The North Hollywood to Pasadena Transit Corridor project is part of Metro’s plan for better transit. This project will connect the cities of Los Angeles (North Hollywood and Eagle Rock communities), Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena, improving access to jobs, education and other important destinations,” according to the Metro website.

On April 20, the Metro Planning and Programming Committee will consider the Final EIR and make a recommendation to the board of directors regarding certification of the Final EIR and approval of the project.

The board will consider that recommendation On April 28, which potentially could lead to certification of the Final EIR and project approval.

After the Board Meeting, Metro will provide project updates on next steps and upcoming milestones as they become available.

“This project is our first bus rapid transit line that would use mostly local streets,” according to Metro. “That’s why Metro has been working with local cities and residents to determine where bus lanes are appropriate — and how to minimize traffic and parking impacts.”

There are two parts of the route that have led to public concern in Burbank and Eagle Rock.

In Burbank a 1.3-mile segment along Olive Avenue would be reconfigured. The number of general traffic lanes would be reduced from two to one in each direction to accommodate a side-running bus lane.

In Eagle Rock, a segment on Colorado Boulevard between Eagle Rock Boulevard and Linda Rosa Avenue near the 134 Freeway would be reduced from two to one traffic lane in each direction.

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4 thoughts on “Metro Board Could Certify EIR for North Hollywood to Pasadena Bus Route This Month

  • Reducing Colorado Blvd in Eagle Rock to only one lane each direction will create an unbearable traffic jam. As an Eagle Rock resident, this will virtually destroy my ability to move easily in either direction, either west to Glendale or east to Pasadena. A huge traffic jam mistake.

  • I’m hopeful Metro and the city of Burbank won’t pay heed to the chicken littles who have been demanding the BRT recreate the path of the 501 and 549 on the 134 freeway, instead of the (current) very sensible plan along Colorado Blvd. This would be the surest way to make the project of no use to anyone.

  • This BRT design in Eagle Rock is a nightmare of bad planning.
    1. The put a double median blocking the fire Station o Colorado Blvd. Fire Trucks won’t be able to turn left out of the station as they do now! Also the street with be an obstacle course for fire trucks and ambulances. Not to mention gridlock in 1 lane.
    2. Restaurant alfresco dining patios will be removed for the “protected” bike lane (there is a bike lane there now, buffered.
    3. The Trader Joe’s is blocked from getting deliveries from their morning semi truck by this BRT design. Hmmm i think they shouldnt use engineers from Oakland to redesign local LA boulveard. They obviously never set foot on Colorado Blvd.
    4. the BRT-only lanes, literally no other buses allowed in these center lanes, are totally unnecessary, buses now drive 35 MPH
    Road Diet Activists have control of Metro and Kevin de Leon! Why!