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Changes
Coming to
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

The Metro Board has approved  the

Refined F1 Single Lane Option on 4/28/22

(Click Here to Read More)

 

Metro has released the Final EIR plans.

  • The Refined F1 Single Lane Design significantly blocks off Fire Station 42 and Trader Joe's.

  • Fire trucks can’t pull out and immediately turn left, they are blocked with 2 center medians, and center BRT only lanes.

  • Fire Station 42 is obstructed from their tanker fuel deliveries. It is important to note that this is a gas station that serves as a refueling point for many fire trucks and nearby fire stations.

  • The center medians block Trader Joes from receiving any shipments from delivery trucks.

  • The Refined F1 Single Lane Design creates an obstacle course on Colorado Blvd for emergency vehicles. This violates State County and City LA Fire Code has many fire code violations.

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F1 One Lane - Click here to view full route 

These design  images were directly from Metro BRT FEIR link below, but stitched together east to west to make them more viewable,  understandable, and able to zoom in.

Here is Metro's Final EIR released via email March 25, 2022.  These design images were downloaded directly from the Metro BRT FEIR link: https://www.metro.net/projects/noho-pasadena-corridor/ 

(To view Metro's original designs follow path below)

-Documents

-FEIR

-Burbank and Eagle Rock Updated designs

Online Discourse

Metro and TERA's rollout and communication to and about Eagle Rock Residents and Businesses has been very divisive.

See folders of tweets levied against business owners and residents of Eagle Rock.

 

Concerns of the
Eagle Rock Community

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 Refined F1 Single Lane Design, which removes street parking. Below are some of the concerns stated by community members.

Refined F1 Single Lane Design:

  • 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.

  • There will be only 110 parking spaces over the 13 block shopping district east of Eagle Rock Blvd (currently there are 320 existing 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.

  • Of the 13 left turn lanes running along Colorado Blvd. only 3 remain with no indication of allowing U-Turns.

  • 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. 

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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