Downtown's latest set of bus priority lanes is primed to debut before the end of this year.
Metro announced last week that construction would commence on November 6 Installation of new peak-hour bus lanes commenced for new bus lanes and associated signage along Grand Avenue and Olive Street. Additional work is scheduled to occur on Saturday, November 13, and potentially on Saturday, November 20 if needed.
The new lanes, when completed, will run southbound a one-mile stretch of Grand Avenue from 5th Street to Pico Boulevard and northbound on a 1.4-mile segment of Olive from between Pico and Hill Street. The lanes will be in operation between 7:00 am and 7:00 pm on weekdays, permitting buses to run every minute.
Buses will operate in the rightmost traffic lane on both Grand Avenue, preserving existing protected bike lanes on the left side of both Grand Avenue and Olive Street, while displacing a total of four curbside parking spaces.
Metro has previously indicated that the Grand Avenue and Olive Street bus lanes could improve transit travel times along both corridors by as much as 15 percent, a boon for the roughly 120,000 passengers who ride the buses which use the two streets. The project corridor will intersect with existing bus priority lanes on 5th and 6th Street, and run parallel to bus lanes on Figueroa and Flower Streets.