Transportation & Complete Streets2018-08-29T20:21:34+00:00

Throughout Councilmember José Huizar’s three terms and 12 years overseeing Los Angeles’ 14th District, he has championed a vision for a safer, more accessible and increasingly multimodal-friendly city.

While L.A.’s car culture is entrenched in its history – and it’s no small feat to disentangle the city’s future from its freeway-reliant past – Huizar has toiled diligently to promote the concept of “Complete Streets” throughout his district and beyond. This means envisioning a city that encourages multi-modal forms of transportation, including walking, cycling and riding public transit, while also incorporating more green space and public art into future streetscape designs.

The City of Los Angeles has the largest municipal street system in the country with 6,500 centerline miles of roadway and 800 miles of alleys. Huizar recognized the possibilities presented by this expanse and considers L.A.’s streets one of the City’s greatest assets.

He set to work to change the way people get around and to change how we all view our major thoroughfares throughout Los Angeles and Council District 14’s distinct neighborhoods. Instead of focusing only on getting cars from Point A to Point B, we should focus on Point C with those thoroughfares, where local business and public spaces are, as destination points.

As a result, he’s helping transform streets from Broadway, Main and Spring in Downtown, to First Street, Cesar Chavez, Soto, and Whittier in Boyle Heights, Huntington, Soto, Valley and Alhambra Ave in El Sereno area, to York, Colorado and Eagle Rock boulevards in Northeast L.A. into safer, more walkable, and increasingly vibrant communities.

Huizar has helped institute a number of Road Diets in his district, designed to calm traffic, promote more pedestrian and bike traffic and increase business and public gathering. On Colorado Blvd in Eagle Rock, which is currently undergoing an additional $12 million in improvements ushered in by Huizar, an earlier effort to reduce lanes resulted in a 42% reduction in traffic collisions while reducing average rate of speed by less than one mile per hour.

REGIONAL CONNECTOR

The Regional Connector project is a 1.5 mile Metro undertaking through Downtown Los Angeles. When complete, it will add three new underground stations at 2nd and Hope, 2nd and Broadway and 1st and Central. The Regional Connector will allow for one continuous ride between Azusa and Long Beach and one between Santa Monica and East LA – both without transfers. Metro estimates this project will be completed in 2021.

MYFIGUEROA

MyFig is the City’s most extensive Complete Streets project. The infrastructure improvements along Figueroa Street include the installation of protected and buffered bicycle lanes, new traffic signalization (including pedestrian head start signals), bus stop platforms, pedestrian and cyclist-oriented wayfinding signage, street trees and planting areas, high visibility continental crosswalks, transit furniture, public art, and sidewalk repairs.

BREED ST ELEMENTARY & SHERIDAN ST ELEMENTARY SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL

Councilmember Huizar is bringing $5 million in safety improvements to help students in Boyle Heights. These new “neighborhood friendly streets” will improve the safety of kids and adults walking and biking around Sheridan Street Elementary, Breed Street Elementary and the Soto Street corridor.

EL SERENO SOTO STREET IMPROVEMENTS

Councilmember Huizar is sponsoring major improvements throughout El Sereno. The Soto Street Corridor has three distinct projects, with $40 million in improvements, that when completed will make Soto Street safer for all modes of transit. The First Phase was the Soto/Mission Bridge removal, upgrades and artwork. The Second Phase will be widening the Soto/Valley Bridge to allow for bike facilities and safe lane widths. The Third Phase will be widening Soto Street between Huntington Drive and Multnomah Street. This will involve the addition of a southbound travel lane, protected bike lanes, sidewalks, lighting and landscaping. Councilmember Huizar is also bring street improvements to Alhambra Avenue and Eastern Avenue.

EAGLE ROCK STREET IMPROVEMENTS

Rock The Blvd, a community effort to make Eagle Rock Boulevard safer to pedestrians, bikes and cars, is underway. Proposed improvements include a new traffic light, new crosswalk, curb extensions, pedestrian lighting, bus stop islands and protected bike lanes. We are hoping we can duplicate the success of the ongoing “Take Back the Blvd” initiative where Huizar, The Eagle Rock Association, and Eagle Rock stakeholders are improving Colorado Boulevard.

DTLA FORWARD

Spring & Main

Main and Spring Forward will improve intersections and crossings for people walking, upgrade the existing buffered bicycle lanes to protected bicycle lanes, reduce bus-bicycle conflicts, maximize parking/loading, and increase bus efficiency.

Little Tokyo ATP

Once completed in early 2020, this $5.3 million project will bring 50 curb ramps, 56 pedestrian lights, 104 planted trees, continental crosswalks at six intersections, two new traffic signals and more than 22,000 square-feet of sidewalk repairs.

Arts District ATP

The adoption of this program will bring two signalized intersections, pedestrian lighting, four pedestrian crosswalks, and one mile of bike lanes, connecting the Little Tokyo/Arts District Regional Connector Station with the new Sixth Street Bridge, which will ultimately improve pedestrian and bicycle access in and around the Arts District, Downtown and Boyle Heights, as well as the future LA River bike path.

7th Street Streetscape

Los Angeles Streetscape

The $1.77 million upgrades include 20,000 square-feet of sidewalk improvements, as well as pedestrian-friendly curb extensions, bus station lighting, high-visibility crosswalks, 26 new street trees and new ADA curb ramps. As a creative community feature and nod to the local area, the tree grates will be adorned with the Fashion District BID logo on them.

Broadway Streetscape

The Broadway Streetscape Master Plan is one of L.A.’s first large-scale examples of a “Complete Streets” project. The plan will implement numerous pedestrian-oriented, traffic-calming tools for the historic Broadway corridor to provide greater pedestrian comfort and security along one of the city’s busiest pedestrian streets, and make Broadway a more enjoyable place to walk, shop, and spend time.

Cesar Chavez Streetscape

Improvements are underway at Cesar Chavez in Boyle Heights. Upgrades include high-visibility crosswalks, temporary curb extensions and pedestrian head-starts.