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Wilshire Bus Rapid Transit Lanes Striped and Signed – Tickets Next?

Rapid Bus sign.

The signs were installed this week, and we imagine the tickets will soon be written soon for those using the Bus Rapid Transit lanes along Wilshire during rush hour.

The right, curb lane, now smoothly paved and striped, is to be a dedicated bus-only lane during the hours of 7-9 am, and 4-7 pm, Mondays through Fridays. Drivers are only allowed to enter the lane when making right turns on to side streets at the dotted line segment during the specific hours. Bicycles are allowed any time so we may see an increase in cyclists along the busy corridor.

Cars can move into the BRT lanes during rush hour, only where the lane is dotted and not solid.
Cars can move into the BRT lanes during rush hour, only where the lane is dotted and not solid.

This LA Dept of Transportation (LADOT) project adds 7.7 miles of bus rapid transit (BRT) lanes, and 9.9 miles of other street improvements, such as repaving, re-striping, and updated signage on Wilshire Bl. from downtown to the Santa Monica city limits. This will not include Beverly Hills and the “condo canyon” section of Westwood: residents put pressure on City officials to not allow bus-only lanes there.

According to METRO  this project will decrease bus passenger travel times by about 24%  – around fifteen minutes – and is hoped to increase ridership by 15-20%. Metro says these buses carry more commuters along the Wilshire corridor than cars do during peak hours, and this will get more people to their work on time.

We called LAPD’s West Traffic Division to find out what the fine will be for drivers not heeding the new rush hour lane rules. The LAPD spokesperson there said the fines are determined by the LA court system (Metropolitan Court downtown in this case) and that the officers who write tickets do not know what the fine will be.

Drive the rapid lane during rush hour, and you may be one of the first to learn what the fine is. But you’ll have to pay it too.

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Julie Grist
Julie Grist
Julie co-founded the Larchmont Buzz with fellow buzzer Mary Hawley in 2011 and served as Editor, Publisher and writer for the hive for many years until the sale of the Buzz in August 2015. She is still circling the hive as an occasional writer.

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  1. In 2011, when I talked with LADOT engineer Kang Hu, I learned that Metro’s buses carried on average 29,000 people along the corridor at rush hour, versus 24,000 for cars. Driving has fallen since then, even in LA, while transit has become more popular. And after all, each Rapid holds over a hundred commuters, but takes the space of just three cars. Why shouldn’t we prioritize the more efficient mode in a city that’s constantly battling congestion? (

    Your editorial emphasis on tickets makes it seem that we should feel sympathetic to self-centered lawbreakers who impose high costs in time and cash on their fellow commuters (and on all taxpayers), just because they drive cars. When exactly did cynical arrogance become a virtue?

    • Sorry you read it that way – because we do not feel sympathy for drivers who use the lanes illegally during rush hours. We want the system to work efficiently and move more people. Telling people about potential fines was to discourage them from using the Rapid Bus lanes.


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