Bus Rapid Transit - Los Angeles Rapid Bus and Beyond

The FTA Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Demonstration Program provides technical assistance to encourage transit agencies, local and state governments and metropolitan planning organizations to consider BR Tin their planning process, and to implement and market BR T innovations in American cities. This project supports the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MT A) effort to improve transit mobility and accessibility and provide more efficient public transportation through bus rapid transit. Technical assistance focuses on support for the development and deployment of the innovative Los Angeles Metro Rapid Bus Demonstration program (Rapid Bus), initiated in 2000 on two corridors-- V \entura and Wilshire/Whittier Boulevards. Rapid Bus service operates in mixed traffic lanes and includes many BRT features, such as traffic signal preference within the City of Los Angeles, fewer stops, low-floor buses for fast boarding, and easier to use. Travel time has been cut by 25 percent and patronage has increased by 25 to 30 percent. Within its first two months of operation, Rapid Bus proved its worth when the Wilshire/Whittier demonstration corridor became the busiest route in Los Angeles County. Transit riders made a clear choice to ride a faster bus with fewer stops, fewer red lights, faster boarding, less waiting, and easier to use. Metro Rapid Bus will become more rapid when it operates in lanes dedicated for buses only. Rapid Bus service will be expanded into 15-20 new express lines and corridors with exclusive rights-of-way.