9 Reasons to Love (Yes, Love) Transportation in Los Angeles
Posted by Bryn Lindblad in # Blog, #Getting Around LA on July 12, 2016
LA’s transportation system is dramatically improving and there are more plans in the works. We’re seeing major enhancements in public transit, more clean energy vehicles, more bikes and bikes lanes — these changes are good for the climate and good for Angelenos. Here are nine reasons to be excited about this new day in LA.
1. Measure M
Angelenos will have a chance to vote on Metro’s half-cent transportation sales tax measure on the November 2016 ballot, to build-out our public transit system in Los Angeles. As part of the EnviroMetro coalition, Climate Resolve has been working to make this expenditure package greener, more equitable, and bike- and ped-friendlier. We hope you’ll support it with your vote!
2. The Expo Line
Just in time for summer trips to the beach, the Expo Line extension to Santa Monica opened in May 2016. This is a great way to experience the Westside. The bike path along the route is pretty wonderful, too.
3. The Gold Line
In March 2016, the Foothill Gold Line Extension opened all the way to Azusa. It’s another on-time, on-budget project completed by Metro that makes us even more excited for the transit system expansion projects that could be funded by Measure M. The Gold Line also provides great access to the San Gabriel Mountains and magnificent San Gabriel River bike path as well.
4. Transit to Parks
As part of the EnviroMetro coalition, we’ve been working to create transit access to our region’s recreation areas. In June 2016, we kick-started a process with Metro planning staff to identify the best opportunities to make those connections, especially ones that serve transit-dependent populations.
5. Bike Sharing
Metro’s new bike-share program launch this month, allowing Angelenos to use their TAP cards to check out bikes for less than 30-minute rides.
6. Open Streets Events
The oh-so-popular CicLAvia has inspired similar open street events to pop up across the county. Santa Monica recently hosted one, and the much-anticipated San Gabriel Valley 626 Golden Streets event has been postponed to a later date due to the fires in the San Gabriel Complex.
7. Uber/Lyft at the Airport
Since January 2016, ride share services have been permitted to make passenger pickups as well as drop offs at the airport. Why drive yourself and pay to park at the airport when you can just get driven by someone else?
Car-sharing services like ZipCar, which has a station at our office at the La Kretz Innovation Campus, are becoming more widely available in Los Angeles. There’s more to come: Part of the work that Climate Resolve has been doing around transit-oriented, affordable infill development has involved setting up car-sharing programs so residents don’t need to own their own cars.
While California continues to have the highest car ownership per capita of anywhere in the world, more and more of those cars are powered off the electrical grid rather than dirty petroleum products. Several new models of electrical vehicles are expected to be available this year with 200-plus miles and guaranteed HOV lane access through 2019, the perks of going electric are definitely there.