Mayor Eric Garcetti

"Because the bus has its own lane and is synced with traffic lights, it will get there faster than a car leaving the same place at the same time,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

On Wednesday, April 8, five miles of bus lanes were added to Wilshire Boulevard. The bus lanes will help to reduce traffic congestion and commute times for public transit users. The new five-mile addition will join the 1.8 miles of current bus lanes on Wilshire.

Transit riders and bicyclists can now enjoy roughly 5.4 miles of continuous bus lanes from South Park View to San Vicente Boulevard. The Wilshire bus lanes are expected to reduce commute times for Metro riders up to 15 minutes during peak travel periods.

dsc_0525-editBus lanes will be reserved for buses and bicyclists only during the hours of 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. During these peak travel periods, drivers can enjoy less buses moving in and out of traffic.

Drivers are only allowed to use the lanes during off-peak hours and when making right hand turns. Bus lanes are dedicated to buses only, even if you are a high occupancy vehicle. Metro explains proper driver use of bus lanes as:

“Drivers are only allowed in the lanes during peak hours when making right turns. Similar to an HOV or bike lane, striped lines indicate where vehicles can enter the lanes. Drivers face fines and fees ranging from $100 to $500 if caught parking or driving in the lanes during peak hours — please make sure to signal and enter only as you’re nearing the intersection.” – Metro the Source

Who does this impact?

UCLA transit riders on the Rapid 720 and Lines 302/2 will likely see commute times decrease in both directions. Metro estimates daily riders will save up to 125 hours a year in commute time!

Photos courtesy of Metro Los Angeles.