Vermont Transit Corridor  
Overview
StatusPlanned
Service
TypeBus rapid transit
Heavy rail (future)
SystemMetro Busway
Route map

Vermont/Sunset
B Line
Vermont/Santa Monica
B Line
Vermont/Melrose
Vermont/Beverly
B Line
Vermont/3rd
Wilshire/Vermont
B LineD Line 
Vermont/Pico
Vermont/Adams
Expo/Vermont
E Line 
Vermont/Vernon
Vermont/Slauson
Vermont/Florence
Vermont/Manchester
Vermont/Century
Vermont/Athens
Vermont/120th St.

The Vermont Transit Corridor is a proposed 12.5-mile (20.1 km) bus rapid transit line in the Metro Busway network in Los Angeles, California with plans to convert it to a heavy rail subway line in the future. It is planned to operate on a north-to-south route on Vermont Avenue between the B Line's Vermont/Sunset station and the C Line's Vermont/Athens station on the Los Angeles Metro Rail system. The project feasibility study was released in February 2019 with a proposed completion date of 2028 for BRT and after 2067 for rail.[1][2] It is part of Metro's Twenty-eight by '28 initiative and is partially funded by Measure M.[3] The route will have signal priority at traffic lights and will have a dedicated right of way. Metro reports the initial cost is $425 million.[3]

History

See also: Los Angeles Railway

Vermont between Wilshire and 6th, 2017

Until 1963, Vermont Avenue was served by several Los Angeles Railway Yellow Car streetcar lines: the F, K, R, S, U, and V. After streetcars ceased running under the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority, tracks were torn up, and buses replaced service.

As of 2020 Vermont is the second busiest bus corridor in ridership, with 45,000 boarding per work day. Metro estimates this BRT will have 75,000-weekday boardings once completed. For that reason, light rail and subway options are also being developed. Metro is looking for ways to accelerate the option. Rail-based options are not scheduled to receive Measure R funds until after 2067.[1][2][non-primary source needed]

Initial Alternative Analysis

Two alternative analyses were developed.

Bus rapid transit

Metro currently plans to construct bus rapid transit with various stations along its route. Each will be spaced about one mile (1.6 km) apart. Metro will study three options for BRT:

These feasibility options were sent to formal environmental review status. Metro plans to commence the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) with the choices by 2019. Metro's planned budget for BRT is $425 million.

Rail

For rail, concepts have been published in the feasibility study. Measure M funds for rail are expected to become available after 2067.[3]

The following concepts were published:

Route

The corridor includes Vermont Avenue between Hollywood Boulevard and 120th Street.[3] Destinations along the route include Exposition Park and its museums Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, the Natural History Museum and the California Science Center. Also, local sports stadiums, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and BMO Stadium. USC is along the route. It would also connect with E Line at Expo/Vermont station.[4][non-primary source needed]

The following table shows potential BRT metro stations, per feasibility study from north to south. Also listed are existing light rail and subway stations.[4]

Station Options[2][5] Alt 1 BRT[4] Alt 2 LRT Alt 3 HRT Connecting
services[6]
Community Notes
Vermont/Sunset checkY - checkY B Line  B Line Little Armenia, East Hollywood Existing subway station
Vermont/Santa Monica checkY - checkY B Line  B Line Thai Town Existing subway station
Vermont/Beverly checkY - checkY B Line  B Line Wilshire Center Existing subway station
Vermont/3rd St. checkY - - Koreatown
Wilshire/Vermont checkY checkY checkY B Line  B Line
D Line  D Line
Koreatown Existing subway station
Vermont/Pico checkY checkY checkY Pico-Union
Expo/Vermont checkY checkY checkY E Line  E Line Expo Park, USC Existing light rail station
Vermont/Vernon checkY - -
Vermont/Slauson checkY checkY checkY South Los Angeles
Vermont/Florence checkY checkY -
Vermont/Manchester checkY checkY checkY Vermont Vista
Vermont/Century checkY checkY - Vermont Vista
Vermont/Athens checkY checkY checkY C Line  C Line Athens/Vermont Vista Existing light rail station
Vermont/120th St. - checkY checkY Harbor Gateway, Los Angeles Southwest College/Vermont Vista

South Bay Extension

Metro is also conducting a BRT, LRT, and HRT feasibility study to extend the route a further ten miles (16 km) past 120th Street south along Vermont Avenue to Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park terminating at Pacific Coast Highway.

Nearby destinations would include Los Angeles Harbor College, Kaiser Permanente South Bay Medical Center, and Pacific Coast Highway station (J Line).

A feasibility study is scheduled to be released in 2023.[7]

References

  1. ^ a b Tinoco, Matt (May 7, 2018). "A subway on Vermont? Metro is considering it". Curbed LA. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c Next stop: a new kind of bus ride on Vermont (PDF). Amazon News (Report). Metro. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d Carino, Meghan McCarty (May 10, 2018). "A rail down Vermont would get high ridership. Why could it take 50 years?". 89.3 KPCC. Retrieved January 21, 2021.
  4. ^ a b c Vermont Transit Corridor –Rail Conversion/Feasibility Study FINAL REPORT (PDF) (Report). Metro. February 2019.
  5. ^ Hymon, Steve (April 26, 2019). "Into the great wide open, Vermont BRT, bullet train: HWR, April 26". Metro. The Source. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  6. ^ "Bus and Rail System Map" (PDF). Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  7. ^ "Vermont Transit Corridor South Bay Extension Feasibility Study".