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Mar 07, 2011

Councilmember LaBonge pushes for needed repairs to Wilshire Boulevard

Councilmember Tom LaBonge introduced a motion at the February 24th Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board meeting to fix Wilshire Boulevard as soon as possible. Wilshire Boulevard is the heaviest-traveled MTA bus corridor in Los Angeles County and provides vital service to the residents, workers and tourists in the City of Los Angeles and throughout the County. Unfortunately, this heavy load takes a significant toll on the street itself. It also results in more wear and tear on MTA buses and private vehicles that ply Wilshire on a daily basis.

The City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works has been working to maintain this important thoroughfare, filling more potholes than at anytime in the city’s history. A more substantial resurfacing and reconstruction of Wilshire Boulevard is planned by the city and MTA as part of the Wilshire Bus Rapid Transit Curbside Bus Lane Project. While this project and other planned city resurfacing work will restore Wilshire Boulevard to a first-class condition, more can and should be done now.

Councilmember LaBonge has introduced a motion, seconded by Los Angeles Mayor and fellow MTA Board Member Antonio Villaraigosa, that the MTA Board direct the CEO to work with the City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works to identify immediate strategies to eradicate damage and unsafe road conditions on Wilshire Boulevard. Further, the motion calls for the MTA Board to direct the CEO to develop a long-term strategy for ensuring that Wilshire Boulevard and other heavily traveled MTA bus routes are maintained in a first-class condition.

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