Transportation Programs in Action

Programs make the case for action to happen in our city. Here are a few transportation programs related to data and planning already in action that you can plug into now:

1. LA Bike and Pedestrian Count

In 2009, 14,000 bicyclists and 62,000 pedestrians were counted at over 50 locations throughout the city. In 2011, over 15,000 bicyclists and 75,000 pedestrians were counted. This year, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition and Los Angeles Walks are partnering up to count at over 120 locations. Continue reading

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Land Use + Planning + Public Space + Schools | action plan program series

Sunset Triangle Plaza at Griffith Park Blvd. and Edgecliffe Dr. Photo Credit: www.planetsave.com

Sunset Triangle Plaza: Griffith Park Blvd. 
Photo Credit: http://www.planetsave.com

Taking a page from our previous post on coordination and integration, our program categories this week include Land Use, Planning, Public Space, and Schools. While much of our earlier posts have focused on the proposed transportation improvements and the impact on the right-of-way, these topics take a step back and examine the existing/future built environment along network corridors. Continue reading

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Maintenance + Management + Operations | action plan program series

Metro Rail Fleet Service Team at a maintenance facility  Photo Credit: Gary Leonard

Metro Rail Fleet Service Team at a maintenance facility
Photo Credit: Gary Leonard

This week, we will be introducing three categories of programs: Maintenance, Management, and Operations. These broad topics focus on responsibilities of City departments and transit providers, key partnerships between public and private sector agencies/organizations, and movement of all transportation networks/systems within the City. The City’s circulation network can be broken down into three parts: the road, all modes of travel, and the decisions that determine how/where these modes can move. Continue reading

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Funding + Legislation | action plan program series

A view of ROW in Washington, DC that  integrates infrastructure for all users.  Photo Credit: Elvert Barnes Photography

A view of ROW in Washington, DC that integrates infrastructure for all users.
Photo Credit: Elvert Barnes Photography

The next round of programs in our series introduces categories that are often considered to be the most significant obstacles to the full implementation of many projects and plans. Funding and Legislation are perceived as setting restrictions or hard limits, when in fact, they should be utilized as tools to move a project or program forward. The programs in Funding examine the existing structure of transportation funding and identify new strategies for generating revenue (fees, assessments, grants). While the programs in Legislation call for greater recognition of non-motorized modes in official designations, safety considerations, and infrastructure. The programs categorized under Funding and Legislation are important to the realization of the Mobility Element goals and policies because they acknowledge all modes of travel as legitimate users of the road and redefine the  standards by which infrastructure improvement projects are prioritized. Continue reading

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Enforcement + Engineering | action plan program series

Woonerf street in the UK, designed with narrow roadway, curves, trees, removable bollards, and physical barriers improve safety for pedestrians and ensure that motorist slow down. Colored pavement/texture also indicates pedestrian crossing zones. Photo Credit: Archinect.com

Woonerf street in the UK: a narrow roadway, curves, trees, removable bollards, and physical barriers improve safety for pedestrians and ensure that motorist slow down. Colored pavement/texture also indicates pedestrian crossing zones.
Photo Credit: Archinect.com

The design and physical components of the built environment play a central role in shaping the transportation patterns of a city or region. A roadway consisting of eight vehicle lanes without sidewalks functions very differently from a street with two vehicle lanes, bicycle lanes, and 15 foot sidewalks.

Current needs and future estimates indicate the demand for engineering standards that accommodate a diverse array of transportation modes and networks (the City’s standard street dimensions were updated in 1999). The primary force behind the programs in the Engineering category is the idea that all travel modes need to be allotted space in the public ROW. Continue reading

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