By Bill Hendrickson
About 350 Eagle Rockers showed up at the Eagle Rock Plaza today to hear what Metro and their fellow residents had to say about Metro’s plan for Bus Rapid Transit on Colorado Boulevard.
About 225 were able to find a spot inside the meeting area. The rest had to stand out in the mall. Metro cut its informational presentation short to make more time for audience comments. We counted about 70 people who handed in speaker cards so that they could be called on to speak their comments into the record.
None of the speakers were against the BRT. The big issue was the route. Most of the speakers wanted to register either being “For” running the BRT buses down Colorado or “For” running the BRT on the 134 Freeway. Metro has recommended the Colorado Boulevard route and is proceeding with an environmental impact review of that route.
We did our best to keep a tally – it was hard to hear given the number of people milling in the mall outside the room and because Metro had set the microphone up so that speakers had their backs to the audience. Our tally showed a nearly even split among the speakers, with 30 “For” running the BRT on Colorado Boulevard and 29 “For” putting the BRT on the 134 Freeway.
Another 10 speakers did not register a clear preference. Some called on Metro to study both the Colorado Boulevard route and the 134 Freeway route, so that the public can weigh options. Others called for civility in what was occasionally a raucous atmosphere.
Others said they could support a Colorado Boulevard route only if certain conditions were met, such as protecting the medians or ensuring that the BRT would not result in zoning changes on the boulevard.
Metro has said it will schedule two more meetings in Eagle Rock in August, though the dates have yet to be set.