L.A. County City Calls for New BRT Line

Pico Rivera has released an ambitious plan that would create more transit connections in eastern Los Angeles County.

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September 15, 2023, 8:00 AM PDT

By Diana Ionescu @aworkoffiction

Rendering of proposed bus rapid transit station in Pico Rivera, California

Rendering of proposed bus rapid transit station in Pico Rivera, California. | City of Pico Rivera / Pico Rivera Initiative

The City of Pico Rivera in east Los Angeles County is making a pitch for a commuter rail and bus rapid transit station to create better transit connections to the rest of Los Angeles County.

As Steven Sharp explains in Urbanize LA, “The Pico Rivera 2035 initiative, or PR 2035, aims to redevelop roughly 1,080 acres of land as a new downtown hub, split between new public open space and live/work commercial uses. That effort also aims to position Pico Rivera as a new hub for micro electric vehicle production, capitalizing on existing startups in Southern California, as well as proximity to the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and access to freight rail and the interstate highways.”

The proposal calls for a 26-mile BRT line that would include bikeways “and other complete streets infrastructure.” The proposed route would pass through four cities, making it a multi-jurisdictional effort. “Likewise, it could provide a connection to another component of Pico Rivera's vision: a new regional rail stop which would be served by Metrolink's Orange County Line.”

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