News for Your Neighborhood: Infrastructure & Policy Updates
Red Pavement Bus Lane Improvements
This most recent round of bus-only lane improvements (outlined below) adds no new bus lane mileage, but intervenes strategically to speed bus travel at some pinch points where buses already have priority, but inattentive or scofflaw motorists often ignore bus lanes.
Central LA (East, Northeast, South Central, Mid-City)
Crews will remove decking on Wilshire Boulevard between La Brea and Highland avenues from April 22 through July 11, which will require full weekend closures of Wilshire Boulevard. The work will occur from 9 p.m. on Fridays through 6 a.m. on Mondays, and the street will be restored for weekday commutes.
San Gabriel Valley (Pasadena, South Pas, Pomona)
Caltrans District 7 Active Transportation Plan
The Caltrans District 7 Active Transportation (D7 CAT) Plan will identify locations for bicycle and pedestrian improvements on, across, or parallel to the State Highway System across Los Angeles and Ventura counties. The Plan’s overarching goals are to strengthen and connect local active transportation networks and improve safety and access for people. There is also a large emphasis on social equity, partnerships, and robust engagement. Click the button below to learn more and provide your feedback.
Bill to Improve Pedestrian & Cyclist Safety Passes
SB 932, a measure introduced by State Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D-Pasadena) to prioritize pedestrian and cyclist safety, passed the Senate Governance and Finance Committee today.
The bill requires California cities to take concrete steps to reduce traffic collisions and fatalities and has garnered an impressive list of supporters, including Streets For All, ActiveSGV, CalBike, and Streets Are For Everyone.
“Every day I’m on my bike, I learn more about the communities I represent and the areas of good bike safety and those that are not,” Portantino said. “In fact, the intersection directly in front of my house is one of the most dangerous I traverse. It has been a tremendous benefit for me as a policy maker to reach out to the biking community to share my story and to collaborate on this important public safety and environmental effort. But this bill isn’t just about cyclists, it’s about the safety of everyone using our streets – including our children who walk to school, grandparents walking to their doctor’s appointments and people commuting to work on public transportation.”
South Bay Cities (Carson, Long Beach)
Torrance receives $6.2 million for transit upgrades
The federal funding will be used to add five new all-electric buses to the city’s fleet — and to construct new electric vehicle charging stations “to improve public transit in our community,” according to a press release.