A number of initiatives, including bus and light rail infrastructure improvements and accelerating the city’s bus fleet target to be zero-emission, have been launched in LA to combat the climate crisis.
Mayor Eric Garcetti has kicked off a Decade of Action to confront and combat the climate crisis with a number of mobility initiatives in Los Angeles (LA) by signing the Green New Deal.
Joined by a coalition of elected officials, environmental advocates, business leaders, and young climate activists, the Mayor laid out his vision for a carbon neutral LA and a firm commitment to environmental justice and equity. LA’s Green New Deal leads with action to zero out Los Angeles’ main sources of harmful emissions including transportation.
The Directive includes measures to:
- Develop a series of bus and light rail infrastructure improvements — such as bus-only lanes, signal priority, and queue jumpers — to improve transit speeds by 30 percent by 2028
- Promote walking, bicycling and micro-mobility with a comprehensive citywide network of active transportation corridors, including Class IV protected bike lanes, Class I paths along regional waterways, and Class III low-stress neighborhood bike improvements
- Accelerate the city’s bus fleet target to be entirely zero-emission in time for the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games
- Support Metro in the development of a Congestion Pricing pilot program.
“The science could not be clearer and the stakes could not be higher. We must act this decade to save the planet and create a more equitable, prosperous, and healthy future for our children and grandchildren,” said Mayor Garcetti. “There is literally no time to waste – because what we do in the next ten years will determine the health of our planet and whether there’s a job, a paycheck, and a place for everyone in our economy.”