L.A. Metro approves North Hollywood to Pasadena BRT Corridor project

June 2, 2021

Project aims to build a high-quality BRT line that will connect the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (Metro) board recently approved the proposed North Hollywood to Pasadena Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Corridor Project.

The $267-million, 18-mile project aims to build a high-quality BRT line that will connect the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys, traveling east-west between the North Hollywood Metro B (Red)/G (Orange) Line Station and Pasadena City College with stops in North Hollywood, Burbank, Glendale, Eagle Rock, and Pasadena.

The board approved Metro staff’s recommendations, which included refinements in Burbank, Glendale, and Eagle Rock. In Eagle Rock, the proposed project includes dedicated bus lanes on Colorado Boulevard with two design options east of Eagle Rock Boulevard. One of those options, which incorporates several elements from a community-developed BRT concept for Colorado Boulevard, would convert a travel lane in each direction into a dedicated bus lane, while the other would convert portions of the landscaped median and street parking to a bus lane while preserving existing travel lanes. 

This action marks a key milestone that moves the project closer to construction. Staff will further refine the design and configuration of the route in coordination with the cities along the corridor and additional public input. The project’s Final Environmental Impact Report is expected later this year. 

The project is funded by the Measure M sales tax measure approved by L.A. County voters in 2016, along with SB 1 gas tax and vehicle fees. It aims to meet priorities set out in Metro’s Vision 2028 strategic plan to offer high-quality mobility options and outstanding trip experiences, while enhancing communities and lives, Metro says. The project is scheduled to be completed in 2024.

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SOURCE: L.A. County Metro