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Transportation Commissioners Approve Eliminating Contra-Flow Lane

By Eric Richardson
Published: Thursday, May 26, 2005, at 01:04PM

This morning I attended the Board of Transportation Commissioners meeting that I mentioned yesterday. The issue of the contra-flow lane was last of the decision items on the agenda, but it was worth waiting around for. The Commission voted unanimously in favor of LADOT's proposal to remove the lane and run Spring and Main as paired one-way couplets.

LADOT's James Okazaki presented the issue, and said the lane was a novel idea when it was first created (the 1970s), but that today it was a dinosaur that stifled development on the east side of the street. He spoke of how the environment on Main has changed, and how the one-way couplets would be an integral part of an on-street bus connection between the Harbor Transitway and the El Monte Busway.

Brady and I both gave public comment. He focused on the development occuring on Main and how restaurants who want to sign leases are waiting to see if people will be able to pull up to their curb and whether they'll be able to offer valet. I spoke of how Spring is really in need of additional parking, and how this opens up the street to development.

The Commissioners unanimously approved ammending LAMC 80.36.7. I believe that is all that needs to happen for that aspect. City Council can assert jurisdiction in the next few weeks if it so desires, but I don't see them doing that. LADOT will be going to Council, though, to get approval for peak hour bus lanes with flow on Spring and Main.

I still haven't seen exact plans for how LADOT intends to configure the street, but I'll be following up with them to get the details on that.

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