Construction is set to begin this month for more than ten miles of new peak hour bus-only lanes on Roscoe Boulevard, per a presentation to Metro's San Fernando Valley Service Council.

The project corridor, which spans from Topanga Canyon Boulevard in Canoga Park to Coldwater Canyon in Sun Valley, includes two segments of bus lanes, divided by a half-mile gap between Haskell Avenue and Sepulveda Boulevard. That section will have mixed flow operations due to the presence of on- and off-ramps to the I-405 Freeway.

The bus lanes will be in operation during the morning and evening peak hours.

Roscoe Boulevard's forthcoming bus lanes came about as part of the $180-million North San Fernando Valley Bus Rapid Transit project, which had  originally called for the creation of a meandering bus rapid transit line connecting with Cal State Northridge along Nordhoff Street. However, Metro backed away from that plan in the face of faced opposition from residents along the project corridor.

Instead, the money originally slated for the single line will be redirected toward improvements on several key Valley corridors, including Nordhoff, Lankershim Boulevard, Reseda Boulevard, Sherman Way, Vanowen Street, and Victory Boulevard. That includes more frequent service along bus lines running on both Roscoe and Nordhoff, new bus shelters, and other supporting infrastructure. Metro recently secured funding to purchase additional electric buses to run along the project corridors.

The project corridor will include links to the G Line busway and the future Van Nuys light rail line.

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