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Condo Dwellers on Wilshire Bus Lane: Not On Our Boulevard!

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Photo by Payton Chung via Flickr

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A one-mile stretch of Wilshire Boulevard in Westwood nicknamed "Condo Canyon" is proving to be a wrench in the works for proposed bus-only lanes that could improve the commute for transit users, according to the LA Times. Considered the "region's most heavily used transit corridor," Wilshire Boulevard could introduce morning and evening rush hour bus-only lanes as part of a $31.5 million proposal that the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority board is slated to consider on December 9th. However, Westwood's condo dwellers are having a NIMBY fit, and are seeking an exemption for the stretch of Wilshire between Comstock and Selby, nearly 1 mile long.

Representatives object, saying "the bus-only lane would cause huge backups for motorists in an area where traffic already moves smoothly, " and that it "would also interfere with residents or delivery people seeking to leave or enter buildings' driveways or parking garages." Their request for the exemption could derail the project's access to "$23 million in Federal Transit Administration funding under a program to encourage bus rapid transit projects nationwide."

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