A Transportation Wish List for L.A.'s New Mayor

While outgoing Mayor Villaraigosa has made great strides in building L.A.'s public transit and bicycle culture, there's still room for improvement, argues Harris Silver. He suggests 6 ways to further reduce Angelenos reliance on the automobile.
June 9, 2013, 1pm PDT | Jonathan Nettler | @nettsj
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"Residents move around Los Angeles in a transportation mono-culture that is environmentally unsustainable and puts a friction on the economy by wasting billions on congestion every year," says Harris. "Although LA has an extensive bus system and a more limited rail system that is still under construction, 97% of all trips are in automobiles and 90% of those trips are single occupancy."

Harris details six ideas for making the city more livable, and less reliant on the automobile:

  1. Improve the walking environment.
  2. Encourage people to try Mass transit.
  3. Encourage People to ride bikes instead of taking cars to the beach.
  4. Introduce variable pricing models at large events based on vehicle occupancy.
  5. Bring [Electric] Bike Sharing to LA.
  6. Commit to LA being the first City in the world with an all electric Taxi Fleet.

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Published on Monday, June 3, 2013 in Huffington Post
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