Streetsblog Flashback: City Council All-Day Transportation Meeting

Last year, on January 29, the City Council held an all-day hearing on transportation.  The meeting was heavily covered in blogs and in the news and a couple of months later, the City Council released a list of 25 action items for the City to work on to make transportation better. 

Well, it’s been a year and a year can be a long time.  For example, last year at this time, I was still writing at Street Heat.  So, how do you think the city is doing?  Their full list of action items is available after the jump.

1. (Weiss)
Report back on how the Department of City Planning(DCP) and Department
of Transportation (LADOT) can combine efforts on the West Los Angeles
community plan.

2. (Greuel) Direct LADOT
and DCP to report back with a status report on a previous
Greuel-Rosendahl motion (CF: 07-2419) relative to traffic counts.

3. (Greuel)
Report back as to how the Department of Transportation and the Planning
Department will work together to address the transportation aspects of
planning in Los Angeles.

4. (Garcetti) In
order to increase walkability along Metro Red Line stations, direct
LADOT to develop a proposal for turning Western Ave into a pedestrian
friendly corridor, as part of a broader strategy to obtain funding from
Metro’s Call for Projects.

5. (Garcetti) Direct LADOT to investigate the feasibility of a 24-hour public transit information system.

6. (Garcetti) Direct LADOT and DCP to study park-and-ride lots around Metro Red Line stops to encourage the usage of the subway.

7. (Garcetti)
Direct LADOT and the CAO to study the feasibility of providing
incentives for City employees and private businesses to increase
carpooling.

8. (Garcetti) Direct LADOT to work with the CLA, CRA and DCP to create a valet district in Hollywood.

9. (Garcetti)
Direct the CLA and DOT to work with the Hollywood Property Alliance to
create a Hollywood Transportation website as a one-stop shop for people
to access transit information in Hollywood.

10. (Garcetti)
Direct LADOT to examine the feasibility of installing wireless internet
access in Commuter Express and DASH busses as part of the City’s
Transportation Strategic Plan.

11. (Reyes)
Direct LADOT to examine how to better match funding sources to the
goals outlined in the Mission Statement of the City’s Transportation
Strategic Plan, in order to achieve more funding for public transit,
increased DASH service, bicycle and pedestrian amenities.

12. (Reyes)
Direct LADOT to report with recommendations to change the method of
data collection to improve prioritization of transportation projects
that accommodate all users rather than vehicular traffic only.

13. (Reyes) Direct the DCP to report on how it can playa greater role in transportation planning.

14. (Reyes)
Direct LADOT to report on the new transportation planning concept that
less signage and signalization on the roads may actually enhance safety
by forcing drivers to slow down and pay attention, as well as other
ways the City can enhance public safety on city streets.

15. (Reyes)
Direct LADOT and DCP to detail how the General Plan Transportation
Element update will interface with the City’s Transportation Strategic
Plan.

16. (Reyes) Direct LADOT and DCP to
report on the coordination efforts the City is pursuing with regional
agencies, such as Metro and SCAG and to identify innovative strategies,
such as congestion pricing, reduced and shared parking, road diets,
etc., that appear to be the most viable for the City of Los Angeles.

17. (Reyes)
Since much of the region’s existing rail and goods movement corridors
run along the Los Angeles River, direct LADOT and DCP to report on ways
to design a transportation system that coexists and provides multiple
benefits to the Los Angeles River while serving transportation needs.

18. (LaBonge)
Direct LADOT to improve the City’s taxi system by establishing a "red
car" or a Metro Red Line taxi system that would take travelers to
within a quarter of a mile of a subway station.

19. (LaBonge)
Direct LADOT to report back on ways to keep "big traffic," (large
volumes of traffic) on "big streets," (such as Roscoe, Sherman Way,
Victory Boulevards) to make the flow of cars more sensible.

20. (LaBonge)
Direct LADOT to report back on freeway improvements that can be made to
clear up "pinch points" (points of chronic traffic congestion) on local
streets, such as Vermont Avenue, Silverlake Boulevard and Glendale
Union Avenue.

21. (LaBonge) Instruct LADOT
to report on ways to seek local funding opportunities with other
jurisdictions that would allow Los Angeles to build future
transportation projects.

22. (Rosendahl) Direct LADOT to report with a proposal to develop a bike path in Mandeville Canyon.

23. (Hahn)
Direct the CLA to include a self-help funding clause in the City’s
Federal legislative agenda relative to transportation funding formulas
that would credit local jurisdictions that have taxed themselves to
fund transportation projects.

24. (Greuel)
Instruct the CLA to report with the City’S transportation legislative
priorities before the State Legislature’s February 22,2008 deadline for
new bill introduction.

25. (Hahn) Direct
the CLA and LADOT to report on the steps necessary to include the
Harbor Line rail proposal in Metro’s Long Range Transportation Plan.

  • Aaaaand … we got reports about how things will continue as they have without regard to local interests.

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