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More than 5 Miles of New Bus Priority Lane Opened on Sepulveda Boulevard

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LOS ANGELES – The City of Los Angeles, Metro and the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) celebrated the opening of 5.6 miles of new bus priority lanes on Sepulveda Boulevard this week as part of ongoing citywide efforts to save transit customers time and increase the reliability of bus service.

These new lanes will move 50,000 weekly bus riders through this congested corridor while improving bus speeds by 15 percent or more and increasing service frequency. This enhanced mobility moves more people and provides quick and easy access to nearly 40,000 jobs, over 88,000 residents, neighborhoods, businesses and other key locations such as Sherman Oaks Galleria, Valley Presbyterian Hospital, and the Sepulveda G Line (Orange) Station.

"Angelenos deserve a Metro system that can get them where they need to go reliably, quickly and safely. Infrastructure improvements like the Sepulveda bus priority lanes help us make progress towards those goals," said Metro Board Chair and Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass. "These are the solutions we must continue pursuing, and I want to thank the Metro Board of Directors, Metro CEO Stephanie Wiggins, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation and all partners for working together to make the Sepulveda bus priority lane a reality."

"Metro bus service along this busy corridor is nearly at pre-pandemic levels averaging 50,000 boardings a week in 2023," said Metro CEO Stephanie Wiggins. "With the addition of bus priority lanes on Sepulveda Boulevard, riders will enjoy a faster and more reliable transit service that will save them valuable time. Metro thanks the City of LA for their partnership on this project, and we look forward to installing even more of these bus priority lanes in the year ahead."

With these new bus priority lanes serving riders in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles will have approximately 51 miles of bus priority lanes across the city, with another 46 miles of bus lanes to be implemented over the next year. Read more about this bus priority lane here.

This news follows the Mayor’s announcement earlier this month that the Los Angeles region has secured nearly $900 million in funding to strengthen critical infrastructure, expand the Metro Rail system and reconnect communities ahead of the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games through a spending package signed into law by President Biden over the weekend and new grant funding from the Biden-Harris Administration.