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Mobility & Transport

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We invest in rail, bus lines, pedestrian/bike safety, and complete neighborhoods that provide more mobility options and reduce vehicle miles traveled.

Rush-hour traffic and congestion are an unfortunate part of Los Angeles’ image, and present significant quality-of-life and economic challenges. A new transit network being built out in L.A. is beginning to change that image. Thanks to voters across L.A. County, the transformative Measure M will provide $120 billion for transportation projects over the next 40 years, including the complete build-out of a world-class transit network. That’s important as L.A. is expected to add 500,000 more residents over the next 20 years. Other pLAn targets are being advanced via City of L.A. and private sector investments in EV car share, bicycling, walking, as well as the convergence of residential and communal life around mobility hubs and Great Streets.

Progress on 2017 Outcomes

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Complete L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (L.A. Metro) regional integrated bike share system plan

The Bike Share Regional Implementation Plan was adopted June 25, 2015 and implementation is ongoing.

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Establish bike share system in L.A. starting with at least 65 stations and 1,000 bikes

Since July 2016 launch, 1,090 bikes have been deployed at 65 stations.

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Introduce multimodal connections at 10 rail stations

L.A. Metro completed multimodal connections at 10 rail stations, including 42 car share vehicles via Zipcar.

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Progress on 2025 Outcomes

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Reduce daily vehicle miles traveled (VMT) per capita by at least 5% by 2025

L.A. is transitioning to VMT in its travel demand forecasting model, used to measure environmental impacts. This is a critical step toward reducing VMT per capita.

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Increase percentage of all trips made by walking, biking or transit to at least 35% by 2025

Measure M will fund new transit lines, improvements to existing lines and continued bus and rail maintenance and operations. Programs and policies to reduce VMT continue. Vision Zero and Great Streets programs promote walking and biking safely.

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Increase number of trips through shared services, including car share, bike share and ride share to at least 2% by 2025

Since pLAn adoption, the City has launched a car sharing pilot for disadvantaged communities and a bike sharing program in downtown L.A., as well as private-sector EV car sharing.

Where L.A. Is Leading

With 1,090 bicycles, 65 multi-unit docking stations, and over 90,000 trips taken as of January 2017, L.A.’s bike share is the biggest system in the county.

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Voters Pass Measure M for Historic Investment in Transit and Mobility

Angelenos spent an average of 104 hours stuck in tra c in 2016. With the population growing and more cars on the road, L.A. County voters signaled their support for increased and improved transportation options by passing Measure M with an overwhelming 71.2 percent majority. Led by Mayor Garcetti, the successful ballot initiative creates a half-cent sales tax to raise $120 billion for transportation improvements over the next 40 years. Implementation of the resulting Los Angeles County Traffic Improvement Plan will fund 38 major transportation projects, including digging out a transit tunnel under the Sepulveda Pass, extending the foothill Gold Line to Claremont, finishing the Purple Line subway to Westwood and the Crenshaw Line to LAX, running a new light rail from Artesia to Union Station and improving the Orange Line Bus Rapid Transit in the San Fernando Valley. Measure M also provides new resources for fixing potholes, building bikeways and upgrading L.A. Metro and Metrolink operations and maintenance. Taken together, these projects are expected to reduce traffic delay by 15 percent while creating 465,000 jobs in the region—a significant boost to the economy.

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“This is the boldest, most comprehensive transportation investment initiative in North America…. Among our chief goals is to create an infrastructure inheritance for our children and theirs.”

Phillip A. Washington
CEO, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

DTLA Bike Share Riders Burn 6,491,010 Calories

With the rollout of up to 1,090 bicycles and 65 docking stations across downtown, Angelenos are reaping health and mobility rewards as the city sees less traffic and cleaner air. The result of the 90,987 trips and 113,000 rides using bike share (as of 12/31/2016): 234,281 miles traveled; 222,567 pounds of C02 emissions reduced; and 6,491,010 calories burned.

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City Wins

New Milestone for LAX People Mover

Angelenos will have new and better ways of reaching the airport as the Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP) gets approved. A draft environmental impact report released in 2016 paves the way for an automated people mover system (APM) linking LAX to the L.A. Metro rail system. The six-station APM will service two “intermodal transportation facilities” for easy passenger pick-up and drop-off away from congested terminals.

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Mobility Hubs Move Ahead

Transit stations come in different shapes and sizes, and the City has released a guide to help Angelenos navigate them all. The Mobility Hub Reader Guide is a primer on the amenities passengers can expect to find at different categories of “Mobility Hubs” — for example, real-time arrival information, EV chargers, bike sharing, Wi-Fi service, retail stores and green spaces.

Mapping L.A.’s Transportation Future

In 2016, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation released the City’s first transportation technology strategy, Urban Mobility in a Digital Age. It prepares L.A. for big changes: fleet electrification, shared mobility and the advent of automated vehicles with on-demand services for smart transit options. With 30,000 sensors, 4,500 signals and 500 cameras already sharing transit data, the city is poised for an interconnected driverless future.

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Partner Wins

Bike Sharing Pedals into Downtown

The City’s first bike sharing pilot rolled into downtown last year with a fleet of 1,090 bicycles, 65 multi-unit docking stations, and over 90,000 trips taken. This makes L.A.’s bike share the biggest system in the county. Phase two of the $11 million program — a joint effort of L.A. Metro and LADOT — will add 300 more bikes and 11 additional stations by July 2017. Future expansions are slated for the Venice, Hollywood and USC neighborhoods.

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Crenshaw/LAX Line Passes Midpoint

L.A. Metro’s Crenshaw/LAX Line celebrated its “halfway there” milestone with community events aimed at raising awareness of the light rail project. The route, which is expected to be operational in 2019, will link the nation’s third-busiest airport to L.A.’s growing transit network. The first of the twin tunnels for the underground section was completed in October 2016.

Green Locomotives Make Their First Whistle Stop

Metrolink has brought three Tier 4 locomotives into service, and 37 more are slated for phase-in by 2018. The powerful, fuel-efficient engines will gradually replace Metrolink’s aging diesel eet at a total cost of $280 million. Tier 4s emit 85 percent less air pollution than the older engines while delivering 57 percent more horsepower.

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