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.