Send Us Your Questions for City Council Transportation Committee Chair Mike Bonin

Next Tuesday morning, I’ll be joining Mike Bonin for a bus ride from the Westside to City Hall for Streetsblog’s first interview with the new City Council Transportation Committee Chair. If you have any questions you’d like us to ask him, leave them in the comments section and we’ll work them in.

We have to give Bonin some credit here for his transit bonafides, not only did he tweet his bus ride to work (something he does regularly), but he managed to turn it into a press story. Good work.

But wait, there’s mote. Streetsblog filmed videos with each of the last two Transportation Committee Chairs (Wendy on a train, Bill on a bike) and aim to do so again. What video do you want us to propose to do with Mike? Maybe we can get him to agree to it on tape next week? Let’s think of something fun…

  • Rich

    In this political environment, how can the city direct appropriate funding to bike lanes and infrastructure? Are there any ways to shift highway funds to (affordable) bike plan implementation?

    It seems to me that we can find a billion dollars for a few miles of low volume carpool lane, of which one mile would fund the whole bike plan, but funding for bikes always falls by the wayside. We need to start demanding more as our numbers grow.

  • Anonymous

    I’d like to see the Transportation Committee look at improving the quality of bike lanes being installed, in particular require a buffer on either side depending on whether there are parked cars and the speed of adjacent traffic. Take a look at peak hour parking restrictions — if it’s a neighborhood commercial or residential area, offer to get rid of the restrictions to allow for all-day parking, which also then clears the way for parklets, bike corrals, bulb-outs, tree wells, etc. Work with Caltrans to dynamically control the metering lights to improve the flow of traffic on freeways, on and off ramps, and on adjacent streets, and also improve Caltrans landscaping standards. Establish complete street “default” standards for the various street widths that exist in the city, for example, any street with four lanes and no turn lane gets a road diet in favor of three lanes (one in each direction and one for turns) and bike lanes. Figure out how to get bus shelters everywhere.

  • Kenny Easwaran

    What can be done to improve transportation options for crossing the LA river? In the Silver Lake/Atwater area, the only bridges are Los Feliz Blvd, Glendale/Hyperion, Fletcher, and the 2. Cars experience severe delays at Los Feliz, none of those are friendly for bikes, and the 180/181/780 are the only buses that regularly cross in the area.

    The situation is a bit better in the Downtown/Chinatown/Boyle Heights/Lincoln Heights area, but there is still no bike infrastructure on any of those bridges.

    And of course, whatever is done to help bicycles cross the river can surely also help bicycles access the river path. At the moment there is no bicycle infrastructure that gets near the path.

  • Juan Matute

    Mike, you’re currently traveling on a very wide Caltrans-manged right-of-way, which was evaluated for light rail service about part of the Expo Line Light Rail project. What do you think about working with Caltrans and Metro to create a branded, high-quality, dedicated-lane bus rapid transit facility from the current Expo Terminus to Venice Beach. The line would likely be highly competitive for Federal capital funding, meaning that LA County’s contribution would be small compared to a new light rail project.

  • Steven White

    ^^ What he said!

  • Anonymous

    Agreed! I was just thinking that this morning:

  • Irwin Chen

    1. This question has to do with CD11 and not Mike’s position as Transportation Chair… although they are related: What is the status of the Lincoln Blvd bridge widening over Ballona Creek and the upgrade of pedestrian path/bike lane on the bridge? And the extension of Lincoln Blvd bike lane north of Culver? The last time I contacted Bill Rosendahl’s office, I was told this will be included in the 2013 Metro “Call for Project” funding application. Was an application submitted?

    2. Will there be any meaningful change to the way LADOT evaluates “traffic” issues that put emphasis on movement of people rather than cars? For example, Expo line signal preemption? A vehicle carrying 100+ people should ALWAYS be given priority to use our streets over a handful of cars trying to make a left turn.

    3. So speaking of Expo line, what will it take to really speed the thing up between Pico Station and USC? And other phase 1 street crossings where LADOT has decided to give signal priority to cars? And will Mike pledge to follow through with this so we don’t have this ridiculous situation of a fully packed train waiting at the red light for a few cars (or no cars!) to turn left?

    4. Can the LA City re-investigate the issue of re-stripping roads to create bus only lanes without a full EIR? LA-city created lots of bus only lanes in Downtown LA without ever doing any EIR prior to the Wilshire blvd debacle. I would like to see this policy restored.

    The Wilshire bus lane project is a disaster primarily because LA-city gave up its municipal power to re-strip roads without a fight (since it was a going to be a County/Metro project). But at the end, it ended up being a defacto LA-city only project because Beverly Hills and Santa Monica didn’t participate. In another word, the approach to defer to Metro/County was a terrible decision – and losing a court fight on EIR requirement and setting a precedent to boot. I would like to see the city take up the bus lane issue again using the same legal argument that it did with bike lanes… that it is a municipal function to re-strip roads and as long as it is within city borders, it shouldn’t require any further study.

  • A few thoughts:

    How about considering an investigation of the broken Bus Shelter contract with CBS/Decaux? Note LADOT even earlier this year in a follow-up response to the critical audit by the Controller’s Office is vague about when/if this can be fixed.

    I agree with Irwin Chen the bus lane program is in dire need of political will to ensure it doesn’t stall. Do you support having additional lanes if after a year the Wilshire lanes are judges a success? How about revisiting the gap in Condo Canyon?

    Nearly 10 years ago the now defunct L.A. edition of New Times reported on the kid gloves treatment of Official Police Garages. They have not been put out to bid for decades. And the franchise is a heirloom passed from one generation to the next. How about asking for a report on how we compare to other cities as to revenues and process? I know this will be a tough one as the current franchisees will fight change tough and nail.

    The whole taxi situation (not just the current controversy about rideshare apps) needs investigated. Taxi drivers pay the city fees for administration and nabbing bandits. Drivers are angry that they feel they get nothing for what they pay.

    How about occasional Committee meetings in the evening in various venues around the city?

    How about a review of the Broadway streetcar project? The buzz is the ridership numbers are inflated and the prospect for it competing for federal funds isn’t great.

    Do you support SB 556 (Corbett) which would require public agencies, including public transit systems, to “label” employees and vehicles which are independent contractors or operated by independent contractors with a “NOT A GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEE” or “THE OPERATOR OF THIS VEHICLE IS NOT A GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEE” disclosure?

    After the recent DASH contract employee strike do you have any concerns about the current arrangement of contracting DASH and Commuter Express services?

    And thanks for using mass transit!

  • Sherri Akers

    Is there a way to build incentives from the city for businesses when their employees avoid using cars – choosing to bike, walk or use public transportation? It would be great if employers were motivated to factor that into their hiring decisions and we could reduce the drive through commuter traffic in our communities.

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