How much Santa Monica Boulevard traffic is there in West Hollywood?
The City of West Hollywood counted Santa Monica Boulevard (SMB) traffic in 2010 to prepare a new General Plan. The counts covered three parts of the city. There were over 53,000 vehicles per weekday on SMB on the westside (Doheny to La Cienega). The boulevard carried more than 46,000 vehicles per day in center city (La Cienega to Fairfax) and over 45,000 on the east side (Fairfax to La Brea).
SMB traffic volumes were similar in communities to the west (Beverly Hills, Century City, and Westwood). The volume was lower near the city of Santa Monica. Looking east from West Hollywood, SMB traffic volumes dropped off in Hollywood.
Growth in Santa Monica Boulevard traffic
Santa Monica Boulevard traffic grew 66% in the center of the city over a period of roughly 22 years, from the 1988 General Plan to the 2010 study for the new General Plan. It grew 30% on the westside and 28% on the eastside.
Santa Monica Boulevard traffic by time of day
The California Department of Transportation recently counted traffic on Santa Monica Boulevard hour by hour. In many places, weekday traffic peaks twice a day, from 7 to 9 AM and 5 to 7 PM. West Hollywood isn’t one of those places:
- Santa Monica Boulevard traffic is a big mound that reaches 75% or more of its height 14 hours a day (7 AM until 9 PM).
- The highest hour is 6 to 7 PM, but that’s part of a five-hour-long period from 2 PM to 7 PM with almost as much traffic as the highest hour.
- Westbound traffic peaks after 7 AM, but doesn’t drop below 75% of that peak until 8 PM, 13 hours later
- Eastbound traffic builds throughout the morning, overtaking westbound traffic by 2 PM
Public transit and Santa Monica Boulevard traffic
Buses generally experience the same congestion and delays as other vehicles in Santa Monica Boulevard traffic. The exception is that West Hollywood’s traffic signals will stay green a little longer if there’s a Metrobus about to go through the intersection.
Buses make up 1% to 2% of SMB traffic throughout the day, according to the Caltrans numbers. The percentage is higher early in the morning, reaching 11% between 4 AM and 5 AM. We suspect that is due to Metrobuses leaving the yard and heading to wherever their morning routes start.
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