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News for Your Neighborhood: Infrastructure & Policy Updates

12/16/21




State Level


Indoor Mask Mandate Reinstated in California


Starting yesterday, December 15, a mask mandate for public indoor setting has been reinstated. This will last until at least January 15, 2022. San Francisco will be exempt from such mandate due to their high vaccination rates. Read more below.



A Ban on Freeway Widening in the Works



Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, D-Bell Gardens, said that she wants legislation that would “prohibit the state from funding or permitting highway projects in areas with high rates of pollution and poverty and where residents have suffered negative health effects from living near freeways,” the Los Angeles Times first reported on Sunday. This would include the current 710 project. Read the full article to learn more about the recent pause in production due to the project not meeting federal air quality standards.




General LA


Reminder: Metro service changes will go into effect this Sunday, Dec. 19





Check for changes to your bus line at metro.net/mybus. You can get info specific to your trip, or download the new schedule and map for the line. A brochure summarizing all bus service changes is also available here. If you use Transit app, Metro’s official smartphone app, schedule changes will appear by Dec. 19.


Metro Micro will also begin service in a new zone, the UCLA/Westwood/VA Medical Center, on Dec. 13. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday to Friday. Rides are $1 and can be booked via the Metro Micro app, online at book.metro-micro.net or by calling 323.GOMETRO.


At this time, we are not collecting fare on buses. Regular fares apply on Metro Rail and other services. Fare collection on buses will restart on Jan. 10, 2022. See this Source post to learn how you can get discounted fares and half-price passes or follow us on Twitter @metrolosangeles for updates.


Masks are still required when riding public transit. Please be sure to wear a mask on Metro.





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




The Los Angeles River Path Project


Metro continues to move forward with the LA River Path Project, a new bicycle and pedestrian path along an approximately eight-mile stretch of the LA River from Elysian Valley through DTLA, and the City of Vernon to the City of Maywood. Take their survey and provide your valuable input on potential features and access points along the path.



Get Involved in Designing Your Streets




LADOT is hosting ‘Central LA Neighborhood Network Design Lab and Tree Adoption’ on Saturday, January 8th, 2022 as part of their Planning for Stress Free Connections. The purpose of the Design Lab is to identify potential street design solutions to reduce cut-through traffic and make bicycle and walking more comfortable in Central LA that are designated on the Neighborhood Enhanced Network in the City's Mobility Plan 2035.


Workshop participants that are LA city residents will also be eligible to receive a free fruit or shade tree! Get more details below.




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



Driverless Food Delivery Coming to Santa Monica




The ride-hailing giant is partnering with Motional Inc., an autonomous driving joint venture between Hyundai Motor Co. and Aptiv Plc., to test Uber Eats deliveries. The pilot will be rolled out next year in Santa Monica to customers ordering from the Uber Eats app.








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