HOW DO WE GET THERE FROM HERE?
RAND’s recommendations, along with implementation of projects recommended in Measure R, and the implementation of the City of Los Angeles’ Transportation Plan, can yield significant short term results.
New Transit Solutions Mean Safety and Environmental Health
- Paired one way streets are not only safer, they can increase travel speed by about 20% and reduce travel time by 20 - 30%.
- Reducing idling, and increasing vehicle travel speeds to optimal fuel efficiency speed of between 45 – 55 mph reduces carbon emission by 10%.
New Transit Solutions Mean Mobility and Jobs
- Measure R will create 210,000 new jobs to build and operate the newly approved transit projects.
- Transit plans like DLAMP will encourage more visitors to Downtown Los Angeles.
- Fixing traffic will help Angelenos enjoy spending money throughout LA again, and increase tourism from other cities.
Small Changes = Big Results
- Traffic congestion is non-linear. Reducing the number of cars on the road by 2 to 3 percent can cut congestion by 10 to 15 percent.
- Signal timing can increase travel speed by 10 – 22% and reduce travel time by 17%.
- HOT lanes can increase speed up to 65 mph, while carrying twice the volume that the other congested lanes do.
CITY'S TRANSPORTATION STRATEGIC PLAN:
This plan aims to make Los Angeles an environmentally sustainable city by 2030. Through sensible land use, a “whole picture” approach to the management of the city’s streets, as well as public transit and infrastructure improvements, mobility and accessibility could be greatly improved throughout the city.
The result could be the development of a world-class, multi-modal transportation system that would make Los Angeles both a genuinely sustainable city and a beacon for the possibilities of green living in the 21st century.
This measure appeared on the November ballot and passed. Calls for a half-cent, county-wide sales tax increase to secure $1.3 billion annually for public transportation and transit related infrastructure initiatives.
These funds would be earmarked for specific public transit expansions, including Green Line service to LAX and the South Bay Corridor, a Purple Line extension to Westwood, light rail service from Culver City to Santa Monica, and extension of the Gold Line to Claremont.
The public response to measure R has demonstrated Angelinos’ commitment to transportation issues, and our willingness to contribute personally to the improvement of the city’s transit systems.