We’ve heard that this city is tired of commuting, tired of finding it so difficult to get from one place to another. L.A. commuters spend on average over 300 hours per year in cars. It’s because our city’s development has not been driven not by smart investment decisions but by special interests.
I can get this city on a path to halve car usage and commute time by 2025. To do this, we need to build things closer, and give people more mobility options. This means smart urban planning and transit-oriented development that centers jobs and retail near where people live, and emphasizes solutions that can be implemented quickly – like dedicated bus lanes, synchronized signals, and cordoned zones where no cars are allowed – over rail projects that cost a lot and won’t get finished for decades. Over the coming month, I’ll release an infrastructure investment plan that outlines how we can better connect all the different nodes in the city in a healthy and environmentally friendly way, and make L.A. a leader in innovative transportation solutions.