LADOT News

Weekly Update: April 28, 2022

LADOT Unveils Its Universal Basic Mobility Pilot

LADOT Unveils Its Universal Basic Mobility Pilot

LADOT launched its University Basic Mobility Pilot, yesterday in South L.A to reduce barriers that restrict mobility for Angelenos. The pilot combines accessibility to current transportation options as well as new options and expanded services for shared mobility, fare subsidies through our partnership with LA County METRO, and new electric charging facilities. This program invests nearly $18 million in state and city funding to bring transportation options to South L. A and is one of the largest programs of its kind in the country.

Universal Basic Mobility is the recognition that access to sustainable transportation options plays a key role in opportunity. Without mobility, people cannot access basic needs such as education, employment, housing, and healthcare. The U.B.M pilot area covers a region of South Los Angeles bounded by the 10 Freeway to the north, South Alameda Street to the east, Crenshaw Boulevard to the west, and Florence Avenue to the South. This area of South L.A. was chosen because the large share of the residents that rely on public transit. The area also has 29% of the population that lives below the poverty level.

With the help of our partners the pilot program will:

  • Deploy 250 e-bikes
  • Expand Blue LA EV carshare by an additional 100 cars within the pilot zone
  • Provide free, on-demand EV shuttle services
  • Provide subsidized Metro and LADOT DASH fares for 2,000 Pilot area residents
  • Install 16 electric vehicle chargers at four libraries
  • Install 75 electric vehicle chargers at Rec & Parks facilities and on BSL streetlights
  • Install 2 Direct Current Fast Charger hubs
  • Provide workforce training on electric charging stations and electric bikes for up to 200 Angelenos
  • Provide $1 million in funding to complete the Rail to Rail project
  • Provide funding for additional outreach as part of CicLAvia open streets events
  • Install safe streets infrastructure as part of the Quick-build Active Streets program

The pilot is made possible with the support of the Sustainable Transportation Equity Project, which was launched in 2019 by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). We also want to thank our program partners LA Trade-Technical College (LATTC) CicLAvia, Mobility Development Partners, Blink Mobility, the Los Angeles CleanTech Incubator and EV Go. Additional City departments include LADWP, Bureau of Street Lighting, LA Public Libraries, Recreation and Parks, and StreetsLA.

Full program details are available at https://ladot.lacity.org/carbstep.

 

City Celebrates New LA River Bike Path Exentsion in Canoga Park

City Celebrates New LA River Bike Path Exentsion in Canoga Park

Last week, LADOT joined Councilman Bob Blumenfield in Canoga Park for the opening of a new section of the LA River bike path. This one-and-a-quarter-mile stretch of bicycle and pedestrian path connects the headwaters from Owensmouth to Mason avenues.

The connection to the LA River West Valley Bike Path will create a total of more than two miles of connected bike facilities allowing for safe, active means of travel whether you’re biking, or walking. This bike path extension is a key component in the LA River Revitalization Master Plan to upgrade the Los Angeles River with increased access, amenities, recreational opportunities, and stormwater management. There will be more to come as we work towards our ultimate goal of connecting the LA River Bike Path all the way to Downtown Los Angeles and on to Long Beach.

 

Celebrating Earth Day with Bus Electrification

Celebrating Earth Day with Bus Electrification

LADOT and the Watts Rising Collaborative hosted an Earth Day event on Sunday, April 24th at St. Lawrence Church highlighting our efforts to expand electrification of buses to deliver improved service for riders and build a more sustainable city.

In 2019, the Watts Rising Collaborative was awarded a $33.25 million Transformative Climate Communities (TCC) Grant from the State of California’s Strategic Growth Council (SGC), and additionally leveraged over $160 million, to fund community-identified infrastructure projects that aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Watts and improve the economic and public health of Watts residents.

The Watts Rising Collaborative is made up of 40+ organizations including HACLA, Mayor's Office, Council District 15, LADOT, East Side Riders Bike Club, TreePeople, and more. As part of the effort, LADOT has received $1.7M to fully electrify the DASH Watts route and procure five electric bus chargers, which will result in cleaner air, less noise pollution, and a more comfortable ride for transit users in Watts.

 

LADOT At Career Fairs Seeking the Next Generation of Transportation Professionals
LADOT At Career Fairs Seeking the Next Generation of Transportation Professionals

 

LADOT At Career Fairs Seeking the Next Generation of Transportation Professionals

LADOT had the opportunity to visit the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and Cal Poly Pomona Career Fairs to promote our current Student Professional Worker opportunities and our upcoming Transportation Planning Associate exam. Students were able to speak with some of our staff about the role of an SPJ and any other questions they may have. This aligns with one of the action plans of the Racial Equity Core Team at LADOT to focus on the recruiting process to help increase the diversity among staff, including our planners.

 

Participate in our Community Surveys:

You are the ultimate expert for your community. LADOT wants your input as we plan projects to improve the safety, sustainability, and livability of Los Angeles communities.

Western Avenue Survey

Western Avenue Survey

LADOT is making some critical safety improvements on Western Avenue. Take this survey and give us your feedback on how you travel this neighborhood and the best way to make it a much safer and more enjoyable commute for all who use it.
Take the Western Avenue survey.

 

Osborne Path-to-Park Survey

Osborne Path-to-Park Survey

We need your help! We’re working on improving transportation connectivity and accessibility on Osborne St. between San Fernando Road and Foothill Blvd. Get involved! Take the online project survey here to share your experiences, feedback, and ideas for Osborne Street and Pacoima.
Take the survey here.

 

Reseda Boulevard Complete Streets Project

Reseda Boulevard Complete Streets Project

As part of the Complete Streets Program, the City is reconstructing Reseda Blvd to improve safety and accessibility for all. Give your feedback on the upcoming improvement and receive updates and more information on the project here.

 

Transportation Photos of the Week

Transportation Photos Of The Week

 

Transportation Photos Of The Week

 

Transportation Photos Of The Week
Transportation Photos Of The Week

 

Transportation Photos Of The Week

 

Transportation Photos Of The Week

 

LADOT joins Councilmember Bob Blumenfield and project partners to celebrate the opening of the LA River headwaters bike path in Canoga Park.

 

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