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Bus Only Lanes for Wilshire Moving Ahead
Albeit slowly, the 10 year process is now in a community meeting phase. Last night, StreetsblogLA writer Damien Newton attended: "By removing buses from the snail's pace of rush hour traffic, Metro will be able to sweepingly reverse the trend of longer commutes for transit riders along the Wilshire Corridor. Rex Gephardt, who oversees the Rapid Bus program for Metro, noted that bus speeds are declining by .5% to .75% every year in the corridor." So what's next before this becomes a reality? Design, environmental review, federal approval and the actual work such as restriping lanes, widening some streets and redesigning 17 intersections. If all goes ahead and works, Los Angeles is looking at a strong* bus route that will compliment the hopeful "Subway to the Sea." (*Beverly Hills and Santa Monica are not taking part in this program)