The Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) has launched its groundbreaking Universal Basic Mobility pilot project in South Los Angeles, one of the largest in the nation. initiatives of its kind, giving thousands of Angelenos more transportation options.
The pilot will include e-bikes, shared electric vehicles and on-demand EV shuttle service, as well as a partnership with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (METRO) to subsidize transit fares for 2,000 residents of the pilot area which previously lacked safe transport options.
As a city, we must prioritize equal access to dignified, reliable, safe, and affordable transportation that meets the needs of residents regardless of income. This initiative is helping to empower South Los Angeles communities and lay the foundation for a concerted, citywide effort to achieve universal basic mobility.
– Seleta Reynolds, Managing Director, LADOT
Reynolds added that mobility is key to an opportunity that LADOT is committed to providing Angelenos with universal base mobility. University Core Mobility (UBM) is a philosophy that holds that access to reliable transportation is critical to success. People cannot access basic needs such as education, employment, housing and health care without mobility. In Los Angeles, for example, there are twelve times more jobs accessible within an hour by car than by public transport.
The Mobility Wallet is the first part of the South LA UBM program. To bring the wallet to life, LA Metro is exploring two distinct simultaneous technology development paths: 1) pay with TAP and 2) payment cards (such as Visa, Mastercard or PayPal).
The second element is e-mobility, which consists of an e-bike library, an on-demand community shuttle, an expansion of electric vehicle (EV) car sharing.
UBM’s Charging for All initiative is the third element that aims to create a network of Tier 2 (L2) public EV chargers throughout the Sustainable Transportation Equity Project (STEP) area, including up to 100 chargers at public libraries, recreation facilities and parks in Los Angeles. , and on streetlights.
The fourth component of the program is Active Rapid Streets. LADOT will engage the STEP neighborhood through pop-up demonstrations, temporary installations such as fresh planters or curb painting, community design exercises and other methods to implement street safety features to consider safe and accessible spaces for all users, including active transportation.
In addition, INFRA funding from the United States Department of Transportation will bring US$18 million in new active transportation infrastructure to the project region, which is closely tied to the project goals.
Rail-to-Rail First Mile-Last Mile as a fifth element proposes connections that would be provided via the future Rail-to-Rail Active Transportation Corridor and Crenshaw/LAX Fairview Heights Station. In a half mile gap between the county’s first rail and trail project and this first mile/last mile project, additions such as navigation, improved signage, striping and other improvements will allow for a safe and comfortable pedestrian and cycling experience.
The sixth element is community outreach. Community organizations will serve as advisors on critical issues including charging station/e-bike placement, pilot participants, and design, in collaboration with Mobility Development, South Los Angeles Transit Zone (Slate-Z), Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC) and CicLAvia.
Workforce development at UBM is the seventh element. LATTC and LACI will provide targeted workforce training to community members to equip them for jobs in Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE), such as servicing e-bikes and electric vehicles.
And the last element of the UBM project is emission-free delivery. Based on community needs, this stream will fund a variety of vehicle types, including EVs, electric vans and other electric delivery services, as well as electric cargo bikes.
Nearly US$18 million in state and municipal funds are currently supporting the pilot project. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) recently announced that LADOT will receive an additional US$6.7 million in funding from California Climate Investments (CCI) for its pioneering pilot project, in addition to the US$7 million that the department received from the Council last year. . The Los Angeles City Council approved $4 million earlier this year to expand transportation grants and other aspects of the program.