As friends and neighbors of Eagle Rock, we are happy that Metro has plans to bring our community high-quality transit and support better transit on Colorado Boulevard. We want to ensure Metro implements BRT in a way that will complement and enhance our neighborhood.
Metro has developed a plan to connect the San Fernando Valley and the San Gabriel Valley. Officially known as the “North Hollywood to Pasadena Bus Rapid Transit Corridor” (NoHo-Pasadena BRT), the proposed line would run from North Hollywood to Pasadena, passing through Burbank, Glendale, and Eagle Rock. The 18 mile route fills a key gap in Metro’s network and will bring the first significant public transit investment to Eagle Rock since the days of the streetcar.
We ask that Metro include the following within its plans for BRT on Colorado Boulevard through Eagle Rock:
- Dedicated Bus Lanes: Include dedicated bus lanes on Colorado Blvd. between Eagle Rock Plaza and Townsend Avenue and elsewhere on Colorado Blvd. as feasible.
- Improved Transit Service: Metro’s plan should provide improved transit service to and from Eagle Rock, including more frequent bus service and faster service between Eagle Rock and major destinations in adjacent cities.
- Streetscape Enhancements: Incorporate beautification efforts such as trees, public seating and well-designed transit stops with adequate shade cover for transit riders that are both useful and attractive.
- Adequate Transit Stops/Stations: Provide BRT stops at key locations in the neighborhood. Locations should include the existing proposed stops at Eagle Rock Plaza, Colorado Boulevard/Eagle Rock Boulevard, and Colorado Boulevard/Townsend Avenue.
- Maintain Convenient Car Parking: Avoid commercial parking loss to the extent possible, and mitigate any loss of parking by creating new on-street parking spaces within easy walking distance.
- No Loss of Trees: Replace any loss of trees on Colorado Boulevard with new trees along the boulevard that will be watered and maintained for a minimum of 3 years or until the trees are established.
- Maintain Medians Where They Exist: While medians may need to be modified, they should be maintained in some form where they currently exist.
- Maintain Bike Lanes Where They Exist: Bike lanes are an essential tool for connecting riders to transit, and the bike lanes should remain where they exist but can be modified and enhanced to accommodate BRT.
- Pedestrian Improvements Near BRT Stations: Make sidewalk improvements where necessary or helpful to ensure all stations can be easily and safely accessed by foot and wheelchair.
- Limit Boulevard Disruption: While construction for BRT is likely to be minimal, the construction phase should be done in a manner that avoids and minimizes disruption to traffic and pedestrian flow. Also, measures should be taken to support local businesses while minimizing disruption to existing businesses through the duration of construction.