Council Wants TOD Plans for Future Green Line Extension

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Nearly a year after legislation was first introduced that would study the opportunities to create Transit Oriented Development near the transit stations that might exist if and when the Green Line is extended to LAX and beyond.  The resolution, introduced by Bill Rosendahl will be heard at the Transportation Committee tomorrow.

Specifically, Rosendahl wants TOD plans that explore all development options created by a Green Line extension including,

addressing parking, pedestrian access, LAX People Mover
access, streetscape improvements, infrastructure development fees,
congestion pricing, and joint development opportunities, and
integrating these into a land-use/transportation planning strategy.

The motion, shows some transportation and development saavy.  For starters, every time it lists an action item to be studied it requires the "Department of Transportation with the Assistance of the Planning Department" clearly marrying the two when it comes to analyzing and developing plans for development at and near transit hubs.

While it’s a great sign that the city is thinking ahead when it comes to transit-oriented planning, it’s unlikely we’ll see development that is truly transit oriented in Los Angeles until the city is willing to drop its parking space requirement for new development.

Funding for the Green Line extension to LAX is included in the Measure R ballot proposition.

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  • You are 100% correct about the parking space requirement. It needs to be lowered in every development in the city to discourage driving and encourage alternative transportation means. It is the congestion pricing that exists in other cities and it needs to happen here. Get rid of on metered street parking and give that space back to the pedestrians and cyclists. Push parking into public and private lots. Generate money for the economy and the city but with limited numbers.

    I am happy however the the TOD conversation is happening. They should model it after the TOD that NJ Transit does. There are very specific requirements for development near transit in order to get funding from agencies and the feds. One of these is definitely limited parking, along with pedestrian access, bike access, and small businesses. TOD in LA would change the landscape and the feel of this city. LA was recently rated the least friendly city by a travel magazine (I forget which one). TOD encourages interaction within neighborhoods. I think we could all use some more interaction with our neighbors and we could all use being nicer to one another, something that comes with more interaction with each other.

    I commend Rosendahl on his efforts on this.

  • LAofAnaheim

    Get rid of street parking, only if they reduce the width of the road. It’s unbelievable that our streets in downtown are 5 – 8 lane highways. We need the street parking in order to protect the pedestrians from cars speeding by at 50 mph on the curb (during anti-gridlock zoning).

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