Skip to Content
Streetsblog California home
Streetsblog California home
Log In
Bus-only lanes

Eyes on the Street: Red Pavement Bus Lanes in Downtown L.A.

Photo by Joe Linton/Streetsblog

LongBeachize_Ad_Concepts
This article supported by Los Angeles Bicycle Attorney as part of a general sponsorship package. All opinions in the article are that of the author, and do not necessarily reflect those of LABA. Click on the ad for more information.
false

The first red-pavement bus lanes in the city of Los Angeles debuted last year at LAX. Now the magically effective red lane treatment has spread to downtown Los Angeles. Streetsblog spotted red paint today on Figueroa Street - aka MyFigueroa - bus lane just south of 7th Street. The red is not continuous, but thermoplastic paint patches under the words "BUS LANE" and "BUS ONLY."

Since MyFigueroa opened, lots of drivers have been driving cars in the bus-only lanes; many drivers make illegal right turns from the bus lane onto 7th Street. For months, the city placed an LAPD motorcycle officer there to shoo cars out of the bus lane.

Earlier today, Streetsblog observed what anecdotally appears to be fewer drivers than usual in the now higher-visibility bus lane, though it is unclear if this is a trend.

RedBusLane1
High visibility red tells drivers this is a bus lane
false

The city Transportation Department (LADOT) and Metro are collaborating on several bus lane projects downtown. New bus lanes on 5th and 6th Street are expected to be striped any day now. Resurfacing started just over a week ago, and is now done on those streets. Future bus lanes are also coming to Aliso Street, Olive Street, and Grand Avenue.

Stay in touch

Sign up for our free newsletter

More from Streetsblog California

Advocates Share What It Takes to Fight Highway Expansions in Court 

What does it take to sue your state DOT? Time, money, the right partners, and a little creativity, a recent survey of activists found.

July 19, 2024

Friday Video: Paris Does it Again

Come for the bike-friendly streets, but stay for adopt-a-tree program and all the car-free school roadways.

July 19, 2024

Neighbors Want a BART Stop in San Antonio

It's one of the most densely populated parts of the Bay Area. BART goes right through it. So why not stop there?

July 19, 2024

Friday’s Headlines

Rep. Waters hates the people mover; SacRT's new transportation hub; Lessons learned from a long bike ride; More

July 19, 2024

The Active Transportation Program Has to Strategize About its Severely Reduced Funding

Funding for Cycle 7 of the Active Transportation Program is less than $200 million, and already there have been requests for fifteen times the amount of available funding

July 18, 2024
See all posts