Support for Wilshire BRT Proposal From Cyclists Needed!December 1, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Posted in Bike News | 12 Comments
On December 9, the Metro Board of Directors will be considering the implementation of a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project along Wilshire Boulevard from MacArthur Park to the Santa Monica City Line at Centinela Avenue. The project, which is a proposal by Metro, the City of Los Angeles, and Los Angeles County, is intended to improve transit reliability, increase ridership, and significantly shorten the commute times of bus riders along 8.7 miles of one of LA’s most heavily used streets during rush hour. It will also provide cyclists with improved access to Wilshire Blvd, as the lane will be shared bus-bike lane. Unfortunately, the project has recently come up against vocal opposition from residents in the area along Wilshire Blvd known as “Condo Canyon.”
The project already excludes portions of Wilshire that run through the City of Beverly Hills. Condo Canyon residents are asking that the portion of Wilshire where they live, from Selby to Comstock Avenues also be excluded from the project.
The removal of this section of Wilshire from the proposal would jeopardize the $23 million being funded by the Federal Transit Administration. This would risk the entire Wilshire BRT project, which is currently estimated at $31.5 million. This would be an incredible loss to transit users and cyclists who travel along this busy corridor. For transit users this project will provide a 15-to-20-minute decrease in their commute time during peak traffic hours. The bus-only lanes would also benefit cyclists, who will be entitled to use the lanes and benefit from the repaving of these lanes, greatly increasing cyclists safety on Wilshire Blvd. Therefore, support needs to come from the thousands of residents, students, and businesspeople who rely on more environmentally-friendly modes of transportation for their daily commutes.
Do you commute by bus or bike along this route? If so, contact your local District Supervisor and Mayor Villaraigosa to urge them to support the Wilshire BRT proposal at the Metro Board meeting next Thursday. You can download and email this letter (WilshireBRTSupportLetter) to your Supervisor and/or the Mayor to voice your support for the project. If you don’t know who your local Supervisor is, you can find out at this link: http://www.lavote.net/onlinedistrictmapapp/
If you’d like to voice your support in person, you can attend the Board meeting and give them your opinion and share your experiences riding that route. The meeting will take place at 9:30am on Thursday, December 9, at Metro Headquarters, located at 1 Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles, CA, 90012.
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