City Councilmember Mike Bonin of Los Angeles’ 11th district asked westsiders to respond to the idea of a reversible lane on Sunset Boulevard to alleviate the area’s traffic nightmare. Here’s what Bonin had to say:
I’ve been told relieving traffic on Sunset Boulevard in Brentwood is impossible. I don’t believe that — and I refuse to give up on efforts to reduce the maddening problem. I have looked at and will continue to look at every idea, big and small.
I recently sent you and your neighbors an email asking for your input on one of those big ideas — a suggestion that came from the community about how we can move cars faster during the busiest travel times on the Sunset corridor. A number of people have suggested converting part of the road into a reversible lane of traffic – a lane that would allow cars to drive west during the morning and east in the evening rush hours, to add additional capacity to the street in the times when the added capacity is needed most. I asked the Department of Transportation to study the idea, and they have completed the report. In addition to offering background about the proposal, LADOT’s report identified several problems and hurdles, including problematic left-turn restrictions that could prevent homeowners from getting into their neighborhoods.
LADOT ultimately recommends against a reversible lane on Sunset, but I want to hear from you.
Whether or not there is a reversible lane, I am determined to implement programs and projects to ease traffic on Sunset. So far, we have:
Required some local private schools to reduce the number of trips to their campuses;
Convened nearby educational institutions to collaborate on reducing the number of employees driving alone;
Restriped lanes and added new signs to help traffic move more efficiently near the freeway;
Secured targeted deployment of traffic control officers at key intersections during peak evening hours.
We are also working on two other major initiatives that are gaining steam:
Increasing employee carpooling by expanding the options large employers can be required to offer their employees to reduce the number of vehicle trips generated by a business;
Collaborating with Caltrans to connect the City’s signal system with the ramp meters on the I-405 (which will help sync the timing and reduce the number of cars backing up onto Sunset at each onramp).
Thank you very much for your time and participation in making Brentwood an even better place to live, work and enjoy.