Yesterday, new dedicated bus lanes and bike lanes opened in downtown Los Angeles. L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti made the announcement via Facebook Live.
These changes are part of the 5th Street/6th Street Improvement Project, intended to improve 5th and 6th streets in downtown Los Angeles and increase mobility and safety for motorists, cyclists, pedestrians, and public transit riders.
According to Metro’s The Source, you can find these lanes along 5th and 6th streets between Flower Street on the west and Central Avenue on the east. The bus lanes span that entire corridor and will be bus-only Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Metro says that on weekdays, it ferries about 29,000 passengers across a dozen bus lanes on these two downtown streets. The protected bike lanes run from Spring to Central.
By spring of 2021, the bus-only lanes are expected to extend westbound on 5th from mid-block to Flower, and there will be a signal queue jumper installed on 5th and Flower, which will improve bus flow through the intersection.