LA Metro’s Draft Complete Streets Policy – comments and recommendations

Metro_logo.1In August 2014 Metro released it’s draft Complete Street Policy. The Los Angeles County Active Transportation Collaborative supports the development of a visionary and achievable countywide Complete Streets Policy. We appreciate this opportunity to comment on the draft Metro Complete Streets Policy which aims to increase mobility options, improve air quality and health, and strengthen local economies across Los Angeles County. Metro’s recent leadership in developing a more multimodal transportation network is continued and strengthened in the draft Complete Streets Policy. We find the draft to be a strong foundation which, with modest improvements and clarification on its applicability, will serve the region well into the future.

See our comment letter and recommendations here.

And please save the date for Metro’s Policy and Programming committee meeting on Wednesday October 17th at 2:30pm when the Metro Directors will consider this policy for adoption.

Our primary objective for Metro’s Complete Streets Policy is to make the innovative multimodal planning work happening in different silos across the agency routine in all planning, project development and funding decisions. We compare the draft policy with national best practices to assess its specificity, applicability and enforceability to ensure that the policy goes beyond rhetoric to inform real decisions that the agency makes every day. A summary of our findings is available in the attached “report card” evaluating Metro’s policy against ten national criteria. We also solicited feedback from our partners across the county at our most recent collaborative meeting to refine our recommendations.

 

Welcome new Southern California Regional Policy Manager, Demi!

We are pleased to welcome Demi Espinoza as the new Southern California Regional Policy Manager! Demi joins the team to serve the Southern California region where she will work to increase funding opportunities and improve transportation policies that support safe walking and bicycling for children and families.

Demi originates from the Inland Empire region,  where she grew up in the Riverside area and obtained a Bachelor of Arts from Cal State San Bernardino in Sociology. After graduating college, she worked locally as the Inland Empire Regional Field Manager with Equality California. Since then she has spend four years in Portland, Oregon working as a Field Organizer with Basic Rights Oregon and then as a Coordinator with the Coalition of Communities of Color. During her time in Portland, she focused on an array of issues including LGBT advocacy, racial equity and public policy. Issues of equity, sustainability and community engagement are among her top priorities. She looks forward to working with community partners and local groups.

Please welcome Demi at: demi@saferoutespartnership.org

Complete Streets training course coming up in Long Beach

UC Berkeley ITS Tech Transfer is offering a new training course on Complete Streets coming up next month in Long Beach.  With Fehr & Peers as consultant, Tech Transfer has developed this new course in collaboration with Caltrans Division of Transportation Planning and Division of Local Assistance.  The course will focus on critical issues for local and regional agencies in the planning and implementation of Complete Streets, as required by CA State law.

Location: The Westin Long Beach
Date: October 8 and 9, 2014
Time: 8am-5pm (both days)
Register here (fee to register)

 

Who Should Attend?
This course is intended for urban planners and transportation engineers at local, regional, and state agencies as well as consultants. Both new and experienced planners and engineers will benefit. The course is primarily appropriate for urban perspectives; however, it will address Complete Streets in rural environments as well. Read more of this post

Reception for City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation General Manager: Seleta Reynolds

s.reynolds Join us and our partners, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coaltion, Streetsblog Los Angeles, Los Angeles Walks and Hub LA, on Tuesday September 23rd, from 6-8pm, for a welcome reception for newly hired City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation General Manager Seleta Reynolds.  And thanks so much to the generous support of the Bohnett Foundation for making this event happen.

RSVP today to reserve your spot!
When: Tuesday, September 23; 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: HubLA – 830 Traction Ave, Los Angeles 90013

Directions to HubLA:

  • Transit: From the Gold Line Little Tokyo Station walk south on Alameda, turn east onto Traction Ave. (roughly ½ mile or 9 minutes), or approx a 1 mile walk from Union Station, about 20 minutes. Dash A also stops in front of the Hub.
  • Bike Parking: lock up on the railings near the entrance.
  • Parking: Street metered parking is available or you can park in the parking lot for the building. The parking rate in the lot is $2 for every 15 mins, max $15.

 

August Los Angeles County Active Transportation Collaborative Meeting Recap

8.28.14_LAC_ATC_mtg_2On Thursday August 28th,  Los Angeles County Active Transportation Collaborative partners came together to review Metro’s Draft Complete Streets Policy.  Metro is looking for comments on the draft plan from stakeholders by September 18th (email them to nguyentha@metro.net).  Then Metro board members will review the policy at the October Ad hoc sustainability meeting and Planning and Programming meeting and consider approval for adoption.

See our 8/28/14 meeting materials, which include a power point presentation that breaks down the draft policy as well as a Report Card we developed to measure the success of Metro’s Draft policy based on our January 2014 recommendations.  Overall, the plan has some strong components but we scored it a B- due to needed improvements in:

  • how the policy will address new and retrofitting projects
  • exceptions policy
  • lack of performance measures with measurable outcomes
  • and more - see our full report card here.

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Vote for #LAGetsThere for the LA2050 Challenge

LA2050_LATCVote today!

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, Multicultural Communities for Mobility, Advancement Project, Team Friday, Learn Do Share LA, HubLA (and more!) are all partnering through the Los Angeles County Active Transportation Collaborative to compete for a LA2050 grant that will change the narrative about mobility in LA County and lift up the voices of people who walk, ride a bike and take transit.

If awarded, the project will highlight how people across Los Angeles County are currently traveling and support a shared vision of not only regional success for mobility, but also empathy and compassion for travel needs of all users — all ages, abilities and income levels. These stories can reframe the narrative on mobility in LA by Angelenos themselves, from their own experiences and hopes. By infusing important transportation policy conversations with real experiences from people throughout the region, particularly in traditionally underserved communities like Central, South and East LA, the Gateway Cities and San Gabriel Valley, we hope to unite diverse perspectives around common themes and galvanize support for a transportation system that improves safety and independence for all.

Learn more about the project and vote here!  Voting is open now through September 16th at 12 p.m.

 

UCLA Webinar 9/16 on Multi Modal Performance Measures

indexJoin researchers Madeline Brozen and Herbie Huff from the UCLA Lewis Center on September 16th from noon – 1pm PDT for a webinar on measuring multi-modal travel.  RSVP here!

In the last decade, a number of new metrics have arisen that purport to measure a street’s performance for walking and bicycling. These include:

1) Multimodal Level-of-Service in the 2010 Highway Capacity Manual,
2) the Bicycle / Pedestrian Environmental Quality Index (BEQI/PEQI) from the San Francisco Department of Health, and
3) Bicycle and Pedestrian Level of Service Method originated in Charlotte, NC.

How do these methods work? How were they developed? How do they stack up against one another? We share results from our yearlong research project examining these metrics.
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MTC Releases ATP Award Recommendations

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) late yesterday released the staff recommendations for the 2014 Regional Competitive Active Transportation Program (ATP). MTC Logo

Forty percent of the state ATP funding is being awarded by Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) in urban areas with populations more than 200,000. At least 25% required to benefit disadvantaged communities. MTC’s share of the ATP funding for 2014 was about $30 million.

MTC received 127 applications requesting over $200 million. MTC staff is recommending funding 10 projects totaling $30.7 million. The staff recommendations and staff report are available here.

The MTC Programming and Allocations Committee will review the recommendations at its September 10, 2014 meeting. The full Commission is set to consider the 2014 ATP at its meeting on September 24, 2014. The California Transportation Commission will consider adopting the Regional portion of ATP on November 12.

 

LA Metro to hold ATP Cycle 1 Awardee Workshop – getting your funds underway!

Metro_logo.1Los Angeles County Metro will be hosting a workshop for successful ATP applicants to highlight key California Transportation Commission (CTC) and Caltrans processes such as state allocation and federal authorization for their awarded projects on October 9th, 9am – noon at Metro Headquarters.

Attend this workshop and learn about key processes and resources to ensure  ATP cycle 1 funds get programmed and underway this fall.  Please email questions that you may want addressed at the forthcoming workshop to Erina Hong (honge@metro.net) by Wednesday September 17th.  (See the attached flyer for more detail)

MTC Recruits for Vacancies on Advisory Body

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission is recruiting interested Bay Area residents to fill three vacancies on its Policy Advisory Council.MTC Logo

Vacancies are for representatives of disabled and senior or low-income interests. Applicants representing senior or disabled interests must reside or work in Marin or Santa Clara counties. Applicants representing low-income interests must reside or work in San Mateo County.

The Policy Advisory Council  advises MTC on a range of dynamic topics, including regional planning efforts linking transportation, housing and land-use plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; public transit service productivity improvements; and the pursuit of new revenues to support a transportation system that better serves all Bay Area residents.

Applications for the three vacancies will be accepted through October 1, 2014. No specific educational background is needed for most seats – just a background in the specific application category, and an interest in transportation and how it affects residents in the nine Bay Area counties.

To apply for a vacant position or to learn more about the Policy Advisory Council, visit here.  

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