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Controversial Wilshire bus lane approved, with one missing link

The MTA board unanimously approved bus lanes for Wilshire Boulevard during rush hours, but eliminated a mile-long section of the project between Comstock and Selby avenues to ease the concerns of Westwood homeowners.

The $31.5-million Wilshire bus rapid transit project will install 7.7 miles of bus lanes in the lanes closest to the curbs on both sides of Wilshire between South Park View Street, which borders MacArthur Park, and Centinela Avenue.

There will be gaps between Comstock and Selby and through Beverly Hills, which did want to participate in the project. Westside homeowner groups and high-rise residents of Westwood’s condo canyon pushed for the exemption, contending that the bus-only lanes would increase traffic congestion on Wilshire.

Some proponents of the project accused the MTA board of compromising the system and caving in to the interests of well-off Westside homeowners at the expense of lower-income bus riders. Board members said that deleting the section would only slow buses by about 30 seconds over the mile section.

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Could they be more transparent about their "exemptions"? They should have simply stated that white communities were exempt from the proposed plan.

the bus line is a way better idea than some silly boondoggle of a underground train.... if anything there needs to be a busway like the orange line in the valley on the old train right of ways that still exists in the basin....

Rich NIMBYs win again. Ugh. City government needs to realize that it's elected to serve the whole city, not just those with means.

It is hard to believe that so many investements are going to these buses when no one rides them anymore. People want to drive their fat asses in an escalade!

Haha they will be singing a different story when they cant get to work with 1o a gallon gas and congestion till thursday.

I can't wait to ride the 720/920 in the bus lanes. Count me as one commuter who will be ditching his car once this is finished. Get started on repaving Wilshire!

Maybe Beverly Hills should have its own bus line .... maybe Hummer limos. Heaven knows, they wouldn't want regular folks passing through their rarified air. If you've ever driven through BH on Wilshire, you know the 30 second figure is a myth.

the people who clean their houses ,wash their dishes, and raise their children ... need to wake up earlier to get to those jobs in the westside anyway

The MTA board should ride the #20 bus a few times, especially during rush hours, before they make a final decision on this. Westside voices should not drown out the concerns and needs of ktown, MacArthur Park and downtown residents.

This is ridiculous! and no public funds should go to the MTA if they make decisions like this with taxpayers money. It should not be up to the Westside or Beverly Hills residents to decide if they want to participate. Who came up with that way of developing public transportation projects in this region? What type of system is that where wealthy neighborhoods can opt out? Imagine that happening in other cities in the country like New York where no busses would go down parts of Park Ave? This is why we dont have a viable transportation system in Los Angeles that is worth anything to people. It is cause of stupid planning like this that is based on the ideas of people living in wealthy neighborhoods who dont even use public transportation! Its crazy!

I don't know about anyone else here, but I'm not a fan of riding an underground train through those parts of the City with some of the worst methane pockets in California; along with being in prime earthquake territory! No thanks, I think I'll walk, if you don't mind. Probably cheaper too!

HhWhether you like those people or not, they pay the taxes that fund the building of our infrastructure (roads, bridges, etc.) and heavily subsidize the cost of our public transit. Now you want them as well as the other taxpayer-commuters, many of whom aren't wealthy, to squeeze into one less lane. And what about all the people who are trying to get ahead by starting their own businesses. Most of them are far from rich and must use their vehicle. In fact, the majority of the people on Wilshire are not rich and do need to drive for some reason or other. It seems to me that this whole project negatively effects both rich and poor more than it helps.

What a waste of money. A metro-rail down the middle of the 405 from San Fernando valley to San Diego would be a greater benefit let alone value for the buck.

Whats wrong with these people.

Has anyone looked at a detailed map of the exempted area (Comstock to Selby) relative to everything else.

If they really exempt only Comstock to Selby, here's how the westbound ride will go:

The bus lane begins at McArthur park just west of Alvarado and continues to the Los Angeles/Beverly Hills border at San Vicente Blvd.

No Bus Lane in Beverly Hills.

Bus Lane starts up again at the Beverly Hills/Los Angeles limit, but goes for just 1/2 a mile before ending at Comstock. I believe they won't bother putting in this segment.

Bus lane picks up again 1 1/2 mile later at Selby and goes through Westwood.

I can't figure out where they will put the bus lane in the county section near Sepulveda since the far-right lane (which is where they say the bus lane will be) is forced to turn right to enter the 405 freeway. and (westbound only) it is forced to turn right on San Vicente Blvd. I hope they realize that there's no practical way to put the bus lane under the 405 freeway.

Then the bus lane goes another mile to the Los Angeles/Santa Monica border near Centinela, and that's it.


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