Last Chance to Stop the Westside Exemption for Wilshire Bus-Only Lanes!January 28, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Posted in Get Involved, LACBC Events | 2 Comments
Tags: Metro, Wilshire Blvd.
On Wednesday, February 2nd, LA city council will vote on the fate of the Westside extension of the Wilshire Boulevard Bus Only Lanes. This is our last opportunity to salvage Bus Rapid Transit as a regional connector! Transportation Committee Chair Bill Rosendahl is aiming to cut the 8.7 mile project down to 5.4 miles, eliminating a crucial portion of the route for Westside commuters.
Some Background: MTA’s board has already caved to bus-only lanes opponents in Condo Canyon and exempted the plan from Comstock to Selby Avenue. Now, Brentwood and West LA residents are using this action as leverage to further thwart Bus Rapid Transit in their neighborhoods. After advocating for six years for the Wilshire Bus Only Lanes, Rosendahl is caving to a loud minority who put their narrow interests before the needs of thousands of bus and bicycle commuters who pass through the Westside everyday.
The original Wilshire BOL project, which allows for cyclists to share bus lanes, has proposed to stretch from MacArthur Park to Centinela Avenue. Beverly Hills and the Condo Canyon region are already exempted. If the latest opposition succeeds, the lanes will stop at San Vicente, cutting off efficient bus and bicycle access to Santa Monica, a destination for nearly 100,000 of LA’s daily commuters.
Come to Wednesday’s City Council Meeting and join LACBC at in the fight to keep the Wilshire Bus Only Lanes intact. We urgently ask for all types of community members to voice support for the full implementation of the Bus Only Lanes, especially Westside residents and stakeholders.
The meeting will take place at 10 am on Wednesday, February 2nd at City Hall, located at 200 N. Spring Street. If you can not make the meeting, we urge you to call Council Member Bill Rosendahl’s office at (213) 473-7011.
Voice your demands to protect efficient and sustainable transportation alternatives from the short-sighted and selfish BOL opponents, who prioritize their cars over comprehensive improvements to traffic congestion, air quality and transportation access for bus riders and cyclists in Los Angeles.