Feature Photo : More Mobility Choices = Less Pollution
What We Do: Metro Projects Division
The Metro Projects Division, under the direction of Senior Transportation Engineer Judy Wong, recently saw the completion of the Wilshire Bus Rapid Transit Project (BRT) which converts curb lanes into peak-hour bus lanes.The last .9 miles of bus lanes opened on Monday, November 16, 2015.As of this date, vehicles may not drive or park in the curb lanes during peak hours.We would like to acknowledge Transportation Engineering Associate III, Jesus Escamilla, and his efforts in coordinating the project with Metro and making this another LADOT success.The Wilshire BRT project won the 2015 American Society of Civil Engineers Metropolitan Los Angeles Branch Award for Transportation Project.
What’s in your Wallet? New Tap Cards Are Here
The City of Los Angeles, Department of Transportation’s (LADOT) Transit Services group unveiled its newest TAP smart cards at Art Walk Lounge in Downtown Los Angeles. LADOT’s Chief of Staff, Bridget Smith congratulated the winners and judges of our TAP card design contest. The two new TAP cards were designed by local artists Kristie Kam and David Lomeli who were the winners of a competition that drew 265 designs from 151 Los Angeles-based artists. The competition was the first of its kind in a major urban area to choose designs for transit smart cards. Go buy your new TAP card today!Future Is HereWatch Mayor Eric Garcetti joined by Volvo Cars of North America President Lex Kerssemakers announce the formation of the Coalition for Transportation Technology, an alliance established by the City of Los Angeles, Metro, and Caltrans to help ensure that the L.A. region is among the first to benefit from the coming wave of connected and autonomous vehicles. “Connected and self-driving cars promise to not only transform how we commute — but also how we think about the safety and convenience of all automotive travel,” said Mayor Garcetti. Experts say self-driving cars have the potential to significantly reduce traffic, free up passengers’ time during their commute, and make streets safer for people who walk, roll, ride and drive. A Volvo semi-autonomous XC90 SUV is on display this week at the CALTRANS Plaza and will move to the LA Car Show which opens to the public this Friday, November 20th.
More Metro to San Pedro
On December 13 and 14, Metro Silver Line Extension 910 and Silver Line Express 950 will begin new service in the San Pedro area. Here some quick facts about these two bus lines :Click here for the route Map
Help Build Metro Bike Share
The City of Los Angeles and Metro are partnering to launch the Metro Countywide Bike Share Pilot Program in the summer of 2016. The Pilot Program will feature up to 1,000 bicycles and 80 stations in Downtown Los Angeles. Visit Metro.net/bikeshare to view the Bike Share map showing proposed station locations. Tell us why you like or dislike a location directly on the map. The deadline for comments is Thursday, December 31, 2015.
More New Traffic Signals
Recently, three new signals were installed at the following locations:
3rd Street and La Jolla Avenue in CD5
Columbus Avenue and Vanowen Street in CD6
Crenshaw Boulevard and 36th Street in CD10
LADOT partners with community stakeholders and elected officials to help make Los Angeles a safer, more livable city. Pictured below helping the community get new traffic signals (left to right) is Councilmember Nuri Martinez with Barbara Hull; and LADOT Electrician Danny Solis.
Hollywood Walk of the Stars Shines Brighter
On Sunday, November 15, 2015 our department installed a scramble crosswalk at Hollywood Blvd. and Highland Ave. CD13 Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, General Manager Seleta Reynolds, businesses and residents celebrated the newly designed crosswalk with a performance by the Hollywood High School Marching Band and Junior ROTC Color Guard. City officials used this opportunity to educate the public about Vision Zero and raise awareness on how to safely cross the street. Here is the before & after video of the new scramble crosswalk.