Support the Wilshire Bus Only Lane Project

7 December 2010

Wilshire Boulevard - one of the highest volume bus lines on the planet - photo LA Wad via L.A. Streetsblog

Since the formation of the Green L.A. Transportation Working Group five years ago, one of our top priorities has been the implementation of Bus-Only Lanes (BOL)in the city of Los Angeles. Bus-Only lanes are a very low cost, very effective way of increasing mobility, including increasing transit speed and capacity.

At that time, it appeared that the Wilshire Bus-Only Lane project implementation was just around the corner… but the project has dragged on and on. Finally, it’s now imminent (at least it’s funded and the environmental review is about to be approved – construction may drag it out a bit more), and there’s a lot of resistance from some anti-bus homeowners along Wilshire near Westwood.

Green L.A. Transportation Working Group’s Bus Riders Union representative Esperanza Martinez passed along the following action alert in support of implementing the full bus lane project:

Hello GLA friends, members and allies,

Many of you have been an important part of our fight to make the Wilshire Bus Only Lanes project a reality! All the way from fighting to protect the initial one mile thru the DEIR process and now what we should be the last round before we make it home safe to a full 8.7 mile implementation!!
 
The project has sufffered some setbacks but overall has received one of the highest ratings for transit funding by the Federal Transit Administration and is anticipated to serve as a model for innovative and cost effective transportation projects that should be funded by the federal government. Motorists will be resistant to such an important transit and environmental policy but a bus only lane is meant to inconvenience the auto and priortize mass transit!
 
Today there are two separate westside forces – mostly white, affluent, homeowners & cardrivers – that have been and will continue to push for their section of the BOL to be exempted from the project! Supervisor Yaroslavsky has already caved to Condo Canyon and Brentwood folks are beginning to mobilize and organize support for their own exemption! If the Wilshire BOL begins to be piecemealed it will mean the death of this project and any future projects in the county! There is no sound basis in the EIR or any other study for the exemption of Condo Canyon (which received the green light from the FTA) which will only embolden those communities that were highlighted in the EIR to demand their exemption!
 
Our demands are the following:
    1.) MTA Board adopt the complete 8.7 mile Wilshire Bus Only Lanes Project
    2.) MTA Board reject the Condo Canyon exemption and any other requests for exemptions
 
We are making a call to action to all of our Green LA friends and allies to make the call/send the email yourself to MTA at 213-922-2500 or  wilshirebrt@metro.net , make it your FB update, circulate the email blast that is included in this email and organize your networks/friends to make the call and send the email by Wednesday night!!! These calls into MTA staff are really critical!!
 
In your call or email you can say:

“I support the implementation of the complete Wilshire Bus-Only Lanes project with no exemption for Condo Canyon or any other part of Wilshire. The MTA must not cave to Condo Canyon residents or any other homeowners or car drivers standing in the way of public transit and environmental progress in L.A.”

Also please let us know that you can come out to the Board meeting on Thursday December 9th at 9am at MTA Headquarters.
 
Thank you in advance,

Esperanza V. Martinez
Lead Organizer
Bus Riders Union
213-387-2800 x25
213-387-3500 fax
3780 Wilshire Blvd. ste 1200
LA CA 90010
www.busridersunion.org
http://www.thestrategycenter.org/

Get your emails and calls in right away!

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