On Friday, June 9, 2017, the Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti announced the opening of a demonstration station to kick off the City’s BlueLA Electric Car Sharing Program, the nation’s largest EV car sharing program for disadvantaged communities. This program will deploy 100 electric cars and 200 EV chargers and serve portions of Westlake, Pico Union, Koreatown, Echo Park, and Downtown Los Angeles. The BlueLA service will be available to anyone over 18 years of age with a valid driver’s license, who will have access to a network of shared electric vehicles 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, at self-service locations in their neighborhood.
This week, we announced the launch of weekday DASH bus service to Griffith Observatory and the Greek Theatre beginning on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. This plan provides Angelenos and tourists with alternative transportation options which will improve overall traffic circulation, increase park access, and provide safeguards for negatively impacted neighborhoods near Griffith Park and the Hollywood Sign. Click here to learn more about the plan.
This was a year of many great things – Metro Bikeshare launch, Los Angeles Street safety improvements with protected bike lanes and bicycle signals, a new DASH bus maintenance facility under construction and much more. But above all else, 2016 was a year where we continued our work to improve the safety of our city streets and quality of life for Angelenos. Take a look at some of these accomplishments that focused on our mission, vision, and core values as well as Vision Zero goals and dozens of LADOT’s Strategic Plan benchmarks.
The Petersen Automotive Museum hosted a UCLA forum on the future of autonomous vehicles in Los Angeles last week. CD4 Councilmember David Ryu, LADOT General Manager Seleta Reynolds, Director of Transportation Policy for Lyft Emily Castor and Managing Director for Investing in Place Jessica Meany all participated. Los Angeles Times Transportation writer Laura Nelson moderated the discussion on how these vehicles will shape our city and – perhaps more importantly – how our city will shape the rise of this new technology. For more info about FuturizeX, please click here.
Vision Zero Los Angeles Releases RFQ for Community-Based Organizations
LOS ANGELES, CA (October 18th, 2016)
The Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) has received approximately $250,000 in funding from the California Office of Transportation Safety (OTS) to contract directly with community based organizations to implement innovative, creative and engaging, site-specific interventions, outreach, and education along 10 specific corridors suffering from some of the highest rates of traffic deaths and serious injuries in Los Angeles. This Vision Zero Community-Based Outreach and Education will bring awareness and advocacy to the issue of traffic safety, and aims to help eliminate traffic fatalities along 10 high-fatality corridors, or Vision Zero Impact Corridors. LADOT has contracted with Community Arts Resources (CARS) to coordinate the community-based outreach and education campaign.
A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) went public on October 17, 2016 for organizations and individuals who have knowledge and deep experience with specific communities located along high-priority corridors. These organizations and individuals will work directly with CARS to develop and implement creative solutions to community engagement and education on the issue of traffic safety in their communities.
Organizations, individuals, or teams are invited to submit their qualifications to be eligible to receive a grant of approximately $25,000 per Vision Zero Impact Corridor to execute the scope of the Vision Zero Temporary Intervention Program.
The community-based outreach and education program will develop on-the ground, site-specific physical intervention(s) along high-fatality corridor(s). This may be accomplished by performing one or several of the following intervention strategies in any combination:
Artist-led or creative interventions along the identified corridor(s) including sculpture, graphics, visuals, or time-based temporal projects
Community specific solutions with a specific cultural vocabulary
Interactive approaches that involve participation by residents of the area
Iterative processes that develop a project based upon continual feedback loops to inform and refine the finished program
The community-based organizations may work independently or in collaboration with other organizations within the targeted community. Arts organizations as well as individual artists are also encouraged to submit their qualifications.
Criteria for Selection
Qualifications will be reviewed based upon the following criteria.
Direct experience with at least one of the identified communities and its challenges
Be sure to stay behind crosswalks at red lights and stop signs, or when waiting to turn at an intersection so people can cross safely. Watch this video to learn about ‘Limit Lines’ and how to help keep our streets safe when driving. For more safety tips, please visit the Vision Zero websitehere.
Parking meters and time limits are used to encourage turnover, allowing more people access to high-demand parking spaces. State and city parking laws protect public safety and promote parking turnover so that customers can access stores.
To learn how to avoid a citation for parking beyond the posted time limits, visit here.
Ever wondered how all those tourists find the right bus or van to board for their visit in Los Angeles. Well guess no longer…take a look at how LADOT approves and installs tour bus zones. Our engineers, designers and field crews make it all happen.
LADOT’s new video series highlights how our team assists city stakeholders by providing essential services and responding to requests in a timely manner. Our goal is to deliver excellent customer service and this series will demonstrate that commitment. This week, visit with another satisfied customer as LADOT engineers and field crew members repaint curb markings in South Los Angeles. View video here.