Bus Only Lanes
No Subway to the Sea! Bus Only Lanes to the Sea!
- Bus Only Lanes network on all major roads and freeways across L.A. County
In order to achieve a dramatic reduction of auto-source air pollution and greenhouse gases in a 7 million car county, the Bus-Only Lanes Campaign aims to create a county-wide network of bus-only lanes. Our first priority is to implement bus-only lanes on the busiest transit corridor in the country, Wilshire Boulevard. The Wilshire Bus-Only Lanes Project will not only set the stage for LA county but can be a model for cities across the country to prioritize transit on existing roads over single passenger automobiles while providing fast efficient bus service. For us winning bus-only lanes is a critical step towards our vision of creating a sustainable and equitable city where our children can play and breathe safely in all parts of the city, we have more parks than parking lots, and our transportation contributes to climate justice not to the climate crisis. We're working with other groups that work fors bikes, pedestrian improvements, and low-income housing to move forward this vision.
Wilshire Bus-Only Lanes Breaking New Grounds for Transportation in LA
In the campaign’s most important victory to date, the Bus Riders Union collaborated with allies, LA City Council, MTA, and Congress to secure $23.3 million in Federal Very Small Starts funding for the Wilshire Bus-Only Lanes Project. The Wilshire Bus-Only Lanes (also known as Wilshire BRT) received one of the highest rating for transit funding by the Federal Transit Administration and is much anticipated to serve as a model for innovative and cost effective transportation projects that should be funded by the federal government.
Building on the Wilshire Bus-Only Lanes Victory
MTA is currently working on the Environmental Impact Report due this fall. Although funding is secured there's work to be done to ensure that the EIR is completed and approved by the L.A. City Council so that the Wilshire BOL can break ground and open by 2010. Bus Riders Union will be out on the buses and on the streets to enlist your support for the timely implementation of this project. We're also demanding $150 million for countywide bus-only lanes from the MTA as part of our Clean Air and Economic Justice Plan. Now that Wilshire is moving forward we need the down payment for the rest of the county.
Supporters of the Wilshire Bus Only Lane
Clean Air organizers and members are leading a growing coalition of environmental and public health groups, elected officials, and directly impacted low-income community residents and bus riders to move the Los Angeles MTA and LA City towards this vision.
|American Lung Association of California||Breathe California of LA County
|Coalition for Community Health||Coalition LA|
|Collective Space||Environment California|
|Green LA||LA County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC)||Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
|Los Angeles Taxi Workers Alliance (LATWA)
||Mama’s Hot Tamales Café||Mar Vista Gardens Recreation Council|
|Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)||Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits||Security Officers United of Los Angeles (SOULA) Local 2006|
|Southern California Association for Non-Profit Housing
||Wilshire Business Improvement District (WBID)||150 Wilshire Corridor Businesses from Pico Union, Koreatown, and West LA