transportation

Volunteers Needed for a Walk Audit around Future Purple Line Stations

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First / Last Mile planning for the Purple Line Extension has begun for the Wilshire/Rodeo, Century City/Constellation, Westwood/UCLA and VA Hospital rail stations. We invite you to participate in a Walk Audit, which is part of Metro’s First / Last Mile program to develop plans and implement strategies to ensure safe, accessible, and pleasant trips to and from transit for all riders. A Walk Audit is an in-the-field analysis of the streets surrounding a transit station.

Here LA will lead the walk audits on the days specified, training auditors in the field about best practices for auditors and how to use the mobile App that we helped to develop. We will take all of the information from the audits and compile results into a proposed set of streetscape projects and designs.

Hope you can join us!

Saturday, January 12th: 10:00am – 12:00pm  
Wilshire/Rodeo Station & Century City/Constellation Station                            

Saturday, January 12th: 2:00pm – 4:00pm  
Westwood/UCLA Station & VA Hospital Station

Monday, January 14th: 10:00am – 12:00pm  
Westwood/UCLA Station & VA Hospital Station

Monday, January 14th: 2:00pm – 4:00pm  
Wilshire/Rodeo Station & Century City/Constellation Station

A Community Dialogue with Little Tokyo & the Arts District

Last weekend we installed a temporary interactive sculpture at Metro's Regional Connector 'Halfway There' Celebration in Little Tokyo.  The large-scale installation had spaces for people to add their thoughts and ideas, as we asked them what they most wanted to see at the Little Tokyo / Arts District Metro station.  We heard about local restaurants, local markets, affordable and senior housing, and lots of trees and green space!  We designed and fabricated the activity as part of Metro's Joint Development program.  A shout out to our project partner Studio One Eleven and our friends at LA Metro - thanks for the collaboration! We will be using the findings as we develop the vision for the site. 

Hop On the Downtown Trolley!

From now until the beginning of 2018, hop on the Downtown Glendale trolley, which circulates along Brand and Central, around the Americana and up to the residential areas north of the 134 Freeway.  A great First/Last Mile solution, the trolley makes it easier to walk and take transit to your destinations.  Here LA designed the trolley stop signage and large side-panel trolley graphics, with a fun hand-drawn look, inspired by the sites around Downtown.

Getting People to Parks on Transit

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This week, Here LA kicks off the Transit to Parks Strategic Plan for LA Metro.  The physical and psychological benefits of urban parks are well documented.  Benefits range from reduction in obesity, depression, and air quality-related health issues, to support for healthy brain development and overall healthy living.  But for so many people living in the LA region, accessing a park is not easy.  Most of our neighborhoods aren't built around a local park; we can't walk out of our front doors and bike or walk to meet our friends for a pick-up game at a nearby basketball court or the like.  Fewer than one-third of Los Angeles children live within walking distance of a park or playground. 

The Transit to Parks Plan investigates how we, as a region, can get better access to parkland and open space areas, including the 75 miles of LA County coastline.  Solutions will likely include a full range of access improvements, like public shuttles, bike lanes, greenways, programmatic incentives, creative partnerships, non-traditional or shared ride possibilities, and others.  The focus will be on providing solutions for car-less, transit-dependent Angelenos and on getting people to the specific types of parks that they want to explore. 

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Map from the recent LA County Park Needs Assessment. 

Blue Line Summer Series Slauson and Vernon

The Blue Line Summer Series continues on August 23rd at Slauson Station and August 27th near Vernon Station. Each pop up includes interactive elements designed by Here LA, as well as fun activities organized by local community groups. For a teaser, see the DTLB Station Pop-up. We look forward to seeing you!

Having Fun In Front of the Green Screen

Here LA's Amber Hawkes and Shannon Davis visited Planetizen's LA office today in Koreatown to film a segment for Planetizen Courses about First/Last Mile and 'Storytelling'.  Amber and Shannon discussed their experience helping to craft the First/Last Mile Strategic Plan and open-source process for LA Metro, sharing lessons learned and best practices from over the years, as the process has been applied to some of the 88 cities in LA County.   Here LA's discussions about Storytelling today were about everything from visual communication to tactical and pop-up urbanism - essentially finding ways to touch the hearts of people participating in the Planning process. Getting people to see, feel, smell, and hear the possibilities of an enhanced community and encouraging Urban Planners to Think Big.

Blue Line Summer Events Are Coming...

Be sure to join us on August 6th for a pop-up event for the Metro Blue Line First/Last Mile Summer Series! The pop-up event will include a community "Bike to the Beach" coupled with an interactive area for feedback and ideas. Here LA will be there with a kit of Blue Line temporary street furniture, talking about the First/Last Mile.  Music, food, and giveaways too!

The Bike to the Beach event is part of a series of events, happening in August and September along the Blue Line, aimed at getting feedback about what sorts of walking and biking improvements would be best for the areas surrounding the Blue Line, from Downtown Los Angeles, to Downtown Long Beach.

Can't make it to the Long Beach Event? August 3rd, 6pm - 9pm, the First/Last Mile Summer Series will be at the Parks After Dark, at Roosevelt Park, right near the Florence Blue Line Station.

See you there!

West Hollywood's Pedestrian & Bicycle Mobility Plan Approved by City Council

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This week, the West Hollywood City Council approved the Pedestrian and Bicycle Mobility Plan, which Here LA has been working on for the past year.  The Plan is organized around the principle of a “Complete Network.”  Given the dense urban context of West Hollywood, not all streets can serve all modes of transit - like buses, walking, cycling.  The Plan achieves a Complete Network, prioritizing some streets for certain modes and other streets for other modes. This means that no matter what mode of travel you choose, there will be safe and comfortable options for you in West Hollywood.

Congratulations to the City of WeHo!

NACTO's City Data Sharing Principles

With the increased amount of information cities will be receiving through the new Uber Movement Data (an online database that was recently released to help cities access anonymous transit-demand and trip-related data), NACTO has issued a City Data Sharing Principles policy to help identify the type of data that will most benefit transportation planning. With so many ride-sharing companies that have access to similar information, it will be interesting to see how new releases of transportation data will be utilized by public agencies for future transportation planning.

Long Beach Bicycle Master Plan To be presented at Planning Commission

Here LA is happy to announce that the Long Beach Bicycle Master Plan will be presented at the City's Planning Commission on Thursday, January 4th at 5:00 pm. Our team has been working on the project with the City of Long Beach and Alta Planning and Design for the past year, crafting a comprehensive and visionary Bicycle Master Plan that is reflective of community sentiment and that catapults Long Beach forward to achieve its goal of becoming the "most bike friendly city". 

Check out the full draft plan here! The Plan will go to City Council next month for final adoption. 

Regarding the Northern Crenshaw Line Extension

Want to see the newest on the northern Crenshaw Line extension, through the City of LA and/or West Hollywood, between the Expo Line and the Red Line?  

Check out the new article from Urbanize.la that breaks down the alternatives and discussed the options.  

Here LA is working with Metro, AECOM, and Gensler to visualize the various alignment and station opportunities for the line.