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Mobility Element in Final Stages at City Planning Commission

Posted by Naomi Iwasaki, Mobility Policy Analyst on May 27th, 2015
Photo credit: Andres Ramirez, Community Liaison, CHC

After nearly four years of planning, research and public engagement, the Department of City Planning (DCP) will present the most revised draft of Mobility Plan 2035, the City of Los Angeles update to the General Plan Transportation Element, to the City Planning Commission (CPC) on May 28 at Van Nuys City Hall. This document sets a framework for the future of transportation planning and policy in Los Angeles and impacts agency priorities and direction for the next 20 years. Mobility Plan 2035 does an excellent job of prioritizing a multi-modal landscape that emphasizes safety over vehicle speed and is a welcome change from previous car-centric transportation policies. Los Angeles is increasingly embracing active and low-emission transportation alternatives.

State legislation AB 32 (2006) and SB 375 (2008) holds California to the ambitious goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by the year 2020. As transportation accounts for over 1/3 of the state’s emissions, it is crucial to focus on reducing pollution from this sector. Mobility Plan 2035 encourages non-motorized modes of transportation such as walking and biking but also on options that reduce emissions such as public transportation and low-emissions or electronic vehicles. While these changes will improve the air quality of Los Angeles, they also provide an unprecedented opportunity to improve public health through physical activity. Incorporating walking, biking, skateboard/scooter rolling and other people-powered transportation into the daily lives of Los Angeles travelers can greatly decrease rates of diabetes and obesity, create thriving and bustling public space, and spur economic and community development.

DCP will also be presenting details of the 5-year Implementation Strategy for Mobility Plan 2035 at the CPC hearing. Community Health Councils strongly encourage that two programs within the Implementation Strategy currently classified for “deferment” be prioritized and categorized as programs that will be implemented within the first five years after Mobility Plan 2035 adoption:

  • Subsidize Transit Passes: the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (“Metro”) has recently received a peer review recommendation to enable colleges and large employers to subsidize transit use. This would support captive transit riders who are reliant on Metro’s fleet without having to impair Metro’s operations funding.
  • Sidewalk Repair: This has become a high-priority issue as the City of Los Angeles recently settled a lawsuit with the Americans Disabilities Act (ADA) to invest $1.3B in sidewalk repair over the next 30 years.

For more information on Mobility Plan 2035 visit la2b.org
To attend the CPC hearing on Mobility Plan 2035 on May 28, arrive at Van Nuys City Hall 14410 Sylvan St, Van Nuys 91401 at 8:30a.

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