LADOT's Bilingual Glossary of Transportation Terms


In the majority of Los Angeles communities, high quality and inclusive community engagement must be conducted in English and Spanish. 

In 2020-2022, LADOT collaborated with LA Walks, community members, transportation and planning practitioners, advocates and others to develop LADOT’s first Spanish glossary. The  project includes over 100 transportation planning and community engagement terms to improve and standardize LADOT’s Spanish language communication, as well as empower Spanish speaking communities to advocate for transportation improvements.

We expect this glossary to be a living document that will be updated as we receive feedback from communities and as our toolkit evolves. 

Many people participated in the development of this first edition. Our staff received thoughtful feedback from a handful of dedicated professionals who work in transportation planning and advocacy. We also received detailed comments from thirty-two Spanish-speaking community members under the leadership of Los Angeles Walks and their Safe Street Promotores. These participants have shaped and greatly enhanced the LADOT Spanish Glossary and we thank them for their participation.

We invite our partners, colleagues, and all community members to use this glossary to continue our work to improve street safety. We hope that you find it useful and, should you have any feedback, that you share it with us so that we can continue to ensure it best serves Los Angeles. 

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