A proposal by Metro to run a bus rapid transit line (BRT) between North Hollywood and Pasadena has stirred controversy in Eagle Rock after a public comment session over the weekend during which tensions ran high over how a dedicated bus lane in the middle of Colorado Boulevard, Eagle Rock’s main artery, would impact both the flow of traffic on the roads as well as the flow of customers into and out of shops and businesses along the street.
The proposed line would run 18 miles with limited stops from North Hollywood to Pasadena, and for the portion that runs through Eagle Rock, Metro has proposed the dedicated bus lane to the center of Colorado Blvd, which under the current proposal would stop at Townsend Ave, Eagle Rock Blvd and Harvey Drive/West Broadway Blvd along Colorado. Attendees at Metro’s first two meetings in North Hollywood and Pasadena, respectively, on the BRT proposal were largely in favor, according to the website Streetsblog L.A., which has been following the story. But on Saturday in Eagle Rock, a contingent of opponents showed up to express their concerns about how a dedicated lane for buses might constrict traffic flow and cut down on potential foot traffic for the restaurants and businesses that line Colorado Boulevard in Eagle Rock.
Do you live in one of the impacted neighborhoods? What do you think about Metro’s proposal? If you’re an Eagle Rock resident, would you prefer to see dedicated bus lanes on Colorado Blvd or the 134 freeway option? Why? Join the conversation at 866-893-5722.
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Metro will be holding more scoping meetings on the NoHo to Pasadena BRT project at the following dates and times:
Glendale -- Wednesday, July 17th, 5:30–7:30pm
Glendale Downtown Central Library
222 E Harvard St, Glendale 91205
Eagle Rock -- Wednesday, August 7th from 6:00-8:00pm
Scott Hartwell, project manager for the North Hollywood to Pasadena Transit Corridor at Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro)