With the Crenshaw/LAX Line's opening day finally in sight, a new corridor of bus lanes could provide residents of South Los Angeles easier access to the $2 billion light rail line, as well as other north-south transit corridors.
Metro and LADOT have announced plans to implement new bus priority lanes along a 5.4-mile segment of Florence Avenue between West Boulevard (just south of the Crenshaw/LAX Line's Fairview Heights Station) and the A Line's Florence Station. Plans call for lanes running in both directions, serving Metro Line 111 during the weekday peak hours between 7 am and 10 am and 3 pm and 7 pm.
During those peak hours, the curbside lanes for each direction would be converted into bus-only lanes, with buses running every seven to eight minutes. General traffic lanes and left turns lanes would be maintained in each direction. Parking along Florence would be retained during the midday and overnight periods during the week, as well as on weekends.
Metro expects that the priority lanes would improve bus speeds by at least 15 percent, while also providing for more reliable service.
The Florence Avenue bus priority would follow similar lanes that have already been added to Downtown corridors such as Flower Street, 5th Street, 6th Street, Grand Avenue, and Olive Street, as well as Alvarado Street between Westlake. Metro and LADOT have also explored adding bus priority lanes to La Brea Avenue between Baldwin Hills and Hollywood.
To learn more, attend a virtual community by following these instructions:
Wednesday, May 11, 2022, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Meeting Link: https://bit.ly/florencebus
Meeting ID: 885 8836 7594