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Changes
Happening on

Colorado Boulevard 

Demand Metro to drive the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) in current mixed flow lanes along Colorado Boulevard in Eagle Rock.

 
 

A QUICK UPDATE

We must keep the pressure on Metro to STUDY AND CHOOSE a third option for the BRT in Eagle Rock. We firmly request that the BRT drive in the current mixed flow lanes on Colorado Blvd.

Please email all the local reps.

According to the letter from Metro sent on 12/02/21, Final Draft EIR will be completed by early 2022.

Following Metro's approval of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) on Colorado Blvd., the Eagle Rock community was presented with two design options to be further studied, outlined in Metro's letter sent on 7/23/21.

The Metro presentation on 9/23/21 reveals that both proposals affects parking and the configuration of the streets:

1.  Design option with a single travel lane in each direction on Colorado Blvd from Eagle Rock Blvd east to Mt Helena. Converts one travel lane in each direction to bus-only lanes, maintains landscaped median space, and preserves [**62 % of existing spaces (197 of 319)] on-street parking.

2.  Design option maintaining all travel lanes along Colorado Blvd. Maintains the existing travel lanes but reduces on-street parking [**preserves 34 % of existing spaces (109 of 319)] and landscaped median space to accommodate bus-only lanes. 

 

Watch the 11am Metro Meeting on YouTube below.

  • Timestamp 42:25 - Reduction in parking for both options.

  • Timestamp 10:10 - Explanation and map of the 2 street configurations.

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Concerns of the BRT Options

Although Eagle Rock is supportive of the BRT, more public transit and bike lanes, we do not support bus-only lanes for the BRT. It is unnecessary to hurt small businesses and disrupt the community in order to implement one of these two options, which removes street parking. Below are some of the concerns stated by community members.

Option 1 - Single Travel  Lane

  • Four current regular Metro bus lines (180, 81, 251  and Dash) will be forced to drive in the 1 single travel lane with cars, garbage trucks, and delivery trucks.  This will slow transit for non-BRT bus riders and create heavy traffic congestion and gridlock in the 1 travel lane.

  • Preserves 62% of existing on-street parking spaces. This will be devastating to small businesses and restaurants, as there already a lack of parking spots and parking structures.

  • Vehicles parallel parking or turning right in the 1 single travel lane will cause traffic backup.

  • The BRT bus-only lane would be on a center running lane dropping passengers at stations located on the center of the street from BRT's left-side doors. 

  • Regular buses transferring passengers at the bus stops located on the right side will back up traffic.

  • Cars or trucks will no longer be able to turn left at the medians due to the center running BRT bus-only lanes .

  • 2 lanes merging into 1 lane, between El Rio Ave. and Eagle Rock Blvd., will cause confusion and congestion.

  • BRT bus-only lane located on the right side (near the Eagle Rock Mall) will change left to a center running BRT bus-only lane heading east near El Rio Ave., where other lanes are merging from Eagle Rock Blvd.  This will cause confusion and possible traffic accidents.

  • Traffic congestion and gridlock will make this district less attractive for customers going to restaurants and shops.  As a result, customers will go elsewhere.

  • Parents driving kids to schools will be deterred because of few left turns allowed to school's streets.

  • Pedestrian safety concerns and possible traffic accidents due to drivers diverting to residential streets to cut through congestion on Colorado Blvd. regardless of any physical traffic diverters in place. 

Option 2-Two Travel Lanes

  • Preserves 34% of existing on-street parking spaces on Colorado Blvd. This will be devastating to small businesses and restaurants, as there already a lack of parking spots and parking structures.  

  • Only 1 public parking lot near Colorado Blvd. is located 1 block south of Caspar Ave. and it is usually full.

  • Some restaurant owners on Colorado Blvd. said they would be devastated with no parking, they would close their restaurant and move to another neighborhood.

  • Parking congestion would flow up onto residential streets with customers of restaurants and shops in search for parking.

Metro Option 2
Metro Option 2

-Two Car Lanes -No Parking Lane -Bike lane -Bus lane

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Metro Option 1
Metro Option 1

-One Car Lane -One Parking lane -Bus lane -Bike lane

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Delivery Truck Pulling into Trader Joe's
Delivery Truck Pulling into Trader Joe's

Due to the precarious maneuver, backing in causes a traffic jam that stretches for 2 blocks on 2 lanes.

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Metro Option 2
Metro Option 2

-Two Car Lanes -No Parking Lane -Bike lane -Bus lane

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Concerns of the 134 East FWY Entrance
Metro's Image of the 134 Entrance
Metro's Image of the 134 Entrance

Unclear as to why the 134 Fwy entry point omitted from Metro's presentation.

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134 East Freeway Entrance
134 East Freeway Entrance

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134 East Freeway Entrance
134 East Freeway Entrance

Entrance from Colorado Blvd.

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Metro's Image of the 134 Entrance
Metro's Image of the 134 Entrance

Unclear as to why the 134 Fwy entry point omitted from Metro's presentation.

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THE PROPOSED BRT STATIONS

Metro's  NoHo Pasadena BRT Approved Design Spring 2021
Metro's NoHo Pasadena BRT Approved Design Spring 2021

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Metro's Proposed Layout: Station at Eagle Rock Plaza
Metro's Proposed Layout: Station at Eagle Rock Plaza

Obtained from https://www.metro.net/projects/noho-pasadena-corridor/ Under Presentation&Boards, then select "Spring 2021 Community Update Meeting". Refer to slide 22. **(Noted on 8/25/21 the link mentioned above changed the website to a different layout. Now unable to exactly locate the document.)**

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Metro's NoHo Pasadena BRT Preferred Alignments Fall 2020
Metro's NoHo Pasadena BRT Preferred Alignments Fall 2020

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Metro's  NoHo Pasadena BRT Approved Design Spring 2021
Metro's NoHo Pasadena BRT Approved Design Spring 2021

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Illustrations of Traffic Diverters

This is one of the additional items mentioned in the Beautiful Boulevard proposal. It suggests placing traffic diverters to discourage commuters from cutting through traffic via residential streets. It is unclear exactly where the traffic diverters will be placed.

Shearin Avenue Now
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Glen Iris Avenue Now
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Images from Metro's Websites

Goals of Measure M
Goals of Measure M

The first point that Metro makes is that having Measure M seeks to "ease traffic congestion."

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Impacts of Measure M
Impacts of Measure M

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Render of Median Running BRT
Render of Median Running BRT

Obtained from Metro's Bus Rapid Transit Studies website and noted that regular buses share the same lane as cars. **(Noted on 8/25/21 the link to Metro's website mentioned below has been taken down.)**

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Goals of Measure M
Goals of Measure M

The first point that Metro makes is that having Measure M seeks to "ease traffic congestion."

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