L.A. Metro is considering a separate lane along Colorado Boulevard for the Bus Rapid Transit line running 18 miles from North Hollywood to Pasadena.
By Brandon Tran
This dedicated bus lane is expected to slow down automobile traffic by 20% and eliminate one third of the street parking in Eagle Rock, raising concerns among business owners on Colorado Boulevard. An alternative plan was introduced to have two traffic lanes in different directions, which would not impact traffic but would remove two-thirds of parking spaces and make the medians of parking spaces slimmer. The Metro Board of Directors plans to make the final decision early next year after the release of the Final Environmental Impact Report for the project.
The Eagle Rock Chamber of Commerce submitted a petition with 1600 signatories and 45 restaurants and stores to City Councilmember Kevin de León requesting a meeting for business owners to discuss the initiative, but de León has not responded to it. Supporters of the single-lane version of the street have reportedly sent death threats and committed vandalism on the businesses of opponents of the plan. Other concerns from residents who disapprove of the project include:
- issues a single lane may cause for business deliveries,
- a lack of research on the effects it will have on traffic,
- dangerous bus drop offs,
- incentivization of jaywalking,
- traffic gridlock,
- danger regarding moving the bike lane next to the sidewalk and outdoor restaurant tables,
- the impact of construction on businesses,
- the removal of dining patios, and
- the increased travel time caused by the removal of left turns and medians on the street.
Critics have also condemned the lack of community input in the decision, including a lack of communication and consideration for public opinion from de León.
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