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Infrastructure & Policy Updates 6/30/22

General LA

LACBC Letter to the Mayor Regarding Bike Repair Ordinance

Central LA (East, Northeast, South Central, Mid-City)

Join Metro for virtual meetings on project to extend L Line (Gold) to Whittier

A long-awaited study — the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) — will be released on Thursday, June 30, for a project to extend the L Line (Gold) for nine miles from East Los Angeles to Whittier. The DEIR looks at the proposed route for the project, which is known formally as the Eastside Transit Corridor Phase 2.

The DEIR will be available for public review and comment for 60 days between June 30 and August 29, 2022. There will be a variety of ways for the public to learn more about the project and submit comments, including at public hearings and via regular mail, telephone and online.

New Sixth Street Bridge will be Open July 9

The new Sixth Street Viaduct - the largest bridge project in the history of Los Angeles - is officially opening next month, after six years of construction, according to the city’s Bureau of Engineering.

Cars will be able to start crossing the bridge, which links Boyle Heights and Downtown L.A., at 7 p.m., July 10. Prior to that, a two-day Grand Opening on July 9 and 10 will be reserved for pedestrians, then bikes.

San Fernando Valley

Public says: 93% favor rail tunnels for mega Sepulveda Pass project

From the scoping report, those who favor tunneling under the Santa Monica Mountains and elsewhere outnumbered the over-the-mountains monorail folks. Commenters said heavy-rail provides better transfer options to existing and future Metro rail lines, and faster travel times. And they cited Metro’s experience in building subways as a plus, according to the report.

Westside Cities (WeHo, Culver City, Santa Monica, UCLA)

Beverly Hills bike lane project approved

The bike lanes are part of the city’s Complete Streets Plan, which described the Doheny Drive project as “high priority,” according to a staff report. The installation of the on-street, striped bike lanes is expected to occur later this year.

According to a staff report, the project is not expected to impact parking or traffic lanes, but it would connect with bikeways recently installed on Clifton Way, Charleville Boulevard and Gregory Way, and other bike lanes on Burton Way.

UCLA: $20 Million Rosenfeld Hall Leaves Cyclists in the Gutter

The suspended bike lane was a celebrated achievement for a campus which is proud of its bicycle friendly (Gold) designation awarded by the League of American Bicyclists. A bike counter was installed only a few hundred meters from the dumpster. But there is no accounting for the number of Bruins who have been deterred from using two wheels for their commute by the imperfect arrangement in front of Rosenfeld Hall for the last 18 months.

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