During our first round of Think Lab workshops many participants asked us to publish the materials we had on display. We’ve made all of the posters available here, and we will also produce a series of posts to discuss the maps and data in greater detail. The first map we would like to share is the Los Angeles Transportation System.
The Transportation System map illustrates the variety of transportation options that are currently available in Los Angeles. It highlights the true complexity of navigating such an extensive and widespread system. Shown are the 6,500 miles of public streets; 4,000+ miles of bus service; 73 miles of passenger rail service; 352 miles bike lanes, paths, or routes; 2,176 freeway lane miles; and 7,591 main arterial lane miles. These arterial streets will form the basis of the Mobility Plan’s “Complete Streets” Network, which will accommodate all modes of transportation.
Many of the key elements of this map were not in place in 1999, when the City last updated its Transportation Element. This includes the full Red Line, the Orange Line, the Gold Line, the Exposition Line, and the Metro Rapid Bus System. The passage of Measure R and adoption of the City’s 2010 Bicycle Plan are two landmark events that will further shape the mobility future of Los Angeles: The Bicycle Plan designates a comprehensive 1600+ mile bikeway system and Measure R will bring new transit projects from Downtown to Santa Monica, along the Crenshaw Corridor, and from the Valley to the Westside.
Taken en masse, these changes demand from the Los Angeles Department of City Planning and Department of Transportation an updated transportation plan to better support and enhance the mobility future Angelenos have charted for themselves.
The Complete Streets Network utilizes our existing arterial network as a complement to these rail and bicycle infrastructure investments; by assigning specific streets for a particular mode, that will make it more effective, timely, and enhance the user experience of our existing public streets, transit service, safety, and congestion
The map contains an assemblage of data from local transit providers such as Metro, Culver City Transit, Big Blue Bus, Metrolink, and Commuter Express/DASH along with the roadway and freeway network throughout Los Angeles.