Skip to Content
Streetsblog Los Angeles home
Streetsblog Los Angeles home
Log In
LADOT

City Council Backtracks on Free Parking for Hybrids

parking_meter_fail.jpg

The Daily News reports that the debate over whether the city should allow free parking for hybrids isn't over quite yet. 

Despite passing a resolution continuing the city's benefit for hybrids last Friday, Councilmember Bill Rosendahl convinced the Council to put the measure on hold during a Council hearing yesterday.  Before a new vote on the proposal will be made, the Council wishes for LADOT to prepare a report on the effects of ending the program and for environmental groups have a chance to weigh in.  Rosendahl sought to end the program entirely, but agreed to the compromise after hearing from the other councilmembers.

Rosendahl summed up the opposition to extending the program that emerged during public comment at committee.  There was no public testimony allowed before the resolution was passed by the Council last Friday:

"But hybrids don't need assistance from us. They already are getting a benefit from the savings they get by not having to buy $4-a-gallon gas...My question is, why should we continue this when we have a budget deficit?"

The LADOT prepared a report for the Council last year.  It said that the city will lose over $100,000 a year if meters maintain their current cost.  Because the state no longer hands out "hybrid stickers," ending the program should have no impact on the amount of hybrids that are purchased.

As for the potential testimony of environmental groups, back when this program was started the Sierra Club actually opposed the plan according to a member of the Sierra Club's transportation committee.

Photo: JeremiahChristopher/Flickr

Stay in touch

Sign up for our free newsletter

More from Streetsblog Los Angeles

Metro and Caltrans Expect to Complete Torrance 405 Freeway Widening Project Next Month

Metro and Caltrans are adding nearly two miles of new auxiliary freeway lanes, a new on-ramp, and widening adjacent streets including Crenshaw Boulevard and 182nd Street

July 19, 2024

Strategizing About Reduced Funding in the Active Transportation Program

Funding for Cycle 7 of the Active Transportation Program is less than $200 million, and already there have been requests for fifteen times the amount of available funding

July 18, 2024

Eyes on the Street: Hollywood Boulevard Bike Lanes are Open

The Hollywood bike lanes project, already very much in use, is also already being criticized by commenters at Nextdoor and other social media

July 17, 2024
See all posts