The Wilshire Bus Only Lanes proposal would create a 7.7-mile stretch on which only buses would be allowed in the right hand lanes during rush hour along Wilshire into West Los Angeles.
One observer called it a “kumbaya moment” when both the Bus Riders Union and the Southern California Transit Advocates (pro-rail) group joined forces to support the proposal by lobbying three LA city council members.
The advocates recruited community-based groups to support the proposal, such as the Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance. Representing the Alliance, Seung Hye Suh’s description of the benefits to be realized by the Bus Only Lanes project might well apply to Honolulu rail:
LA residents are seeking a speedier route to work and health care facilities, such as the Veterans Hospital on Wilshire, using bus-only lanes. Some push-back is coming from those who don’t believe banning cars from the right hand lane would be a positive way to address traffic concerns. Here in Honolulu, the elevated rail system will leave surface street lanes intact and open for vehicles as it transports more than 100,000 daily riders through the urban core.
"Everybody’s looking for something," according to the Eurythmics. In transportation, that something is freedom from traffic congestion, and each city seeks it in its own way.