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Infrastructure & Policy Updates 7/26/2023



State Level


LADOT Advocates For State Speed Camera Bill


The Los Angeles Department of Transportation spoke in support of California Assembly Bill 645, which would allow some California cities – including Los Angeles – to install speed cameras in traffic zones deemed dangerous.

"Too many people are dying on our streets and these crashes disproportionately impact low-income communities, people walking, people biking, our seniors, and our children," said Makenzi Rasey, LADOT, at a press conference Tuesday in support of the legislation.



General LA


Mayor Bass Becomes Metro Board Chair




Mayor Karen Bass became chair of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Board of Directors on Monday. Bass spoke about the promise of a “car-free” Olympics during her remarks at Union Station. Metro has been building out its public transit system ahead of the 2028 Olympics, with a massive infusion of tax dollars. Bass also spoke about unprovoked attacks that have occurred on the transit system, saying that: “Metro is truly an essential service, but for Los Angeles to thrive in fact, Los Angeles to survive in the future, Metro cannot be mostly a system of last resort. It must be a system of first choice.”





Metro To Run Late For Taylor Swift Concerts



Metro added late-night service and free shuttles to SoFi Stadium for Taylor Swift’s sold-out, six-performance run at SoFi Stadium starting Aug. 3. Service will run until 2 a.m. and free shuttles will be available from the downtown Inglewood K Line stop and the Hawthorne/Lennox C Line stop. Shuttles will run between 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. and for 90 minutes after the end of each of Swift’s performances, scheduled for Aug. 3, 4, 5, 7, 8 and 9.



San Fernando Valley


Three Alternatives Proposed For New Sepulveda Basin Vision Plan



The new Sepulveda Basin Vision Plan includes three alternatives, each of which calls for an expansion of multi-modal transportation infrastructure across the basin - the proposed additions include new bridges, green streets, walking paths, and an extension of the Los Angeles River bike path, among other improvements. All propose the addition of new recreational facilities, including soccer fields, pickleball courts, and a kayak launch on the river. Several components of the plan are already in the planning stages, including the Balboa Aquatic Center, the Hjelte Soccer Field, and an extension of the LA River trail from White Oak to Burbank.



San Gabriel Valley


Pasadena To Launch Traffic Safety Campaign Following Rising Traffic Collision, Injury Rates


Pasadena’s Transportation Department will launch a new 12-month traffic safety campaign in August to help lessen road traffic crash fatalities in the city.

The campaign comes after pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities doubled in Pasadena in 2022 over the 2019 rate.



Westside


Protected Bike Lanes On Venice Get Celebrated In CicLAvia-Style Event


“Venice Boulevard: Explore the Corridor'' on Sunday included a series of guided group bike rides and walking tours along the bike lanes and surrounding neighborhoods. The improvements, part of the Venice Boulevard Priority Lane Project, include new crosswalks, signal upgrades, parking-protected bike lanes and a dedicated bus lane along roughly four miles.



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