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Los Angeles River Path Project

The LA River Path Project is a new bicycle and pedestrian path along an approximately eight-mile stretch of the Los Angeles River (River) from Elysian Valley through Downtown Los Angeles to the City of Maywood. This project will close the longest remaining continuous gap in the LA River Path and create a path that will serve the existing communities there today, as well as look forward to and serve future needs.

Metro, along with several local and regional organizations, have identified closing the gap in the LA River Path between Elysian Valley and Maywood as a high priority walking and biking infrastructure project. When complete, this facility will provide a seamless 32-mile grade-separated regional corridor for walking and bicycling through the heart of Los Angeles County, connecting the San Fernando Valley to Long Beach along the River.

The path will create a safe and efficient travel option for people walking, bicycling, and rolling, whether for recreation or transportation, while bolstering regional multi-modal travel with a connection to various access points along the river.

The new section of path will directly serve communities in:

  • Elysian Valley
  • Cypress Park
  • Lincoln Heights
  • Chinatown
  • Downtown Los Angeles
  • Arts District
  • Industrial District
  • Boyle Heights
  • East Los Angeles
  • Vernon
  • Maywood

The project is set to receive $365 million dollars in funding from Measure M, which was passed by LA County voters in 2016.


In June 2014, the Metro Board of Directors directed staff to perform a feasibility study to close the 8-mile gap in the Los Angeles River Bike Path between Elysian Valley and the City of Vernon.

The Los Angeles River Bike Path Gap Closure Feasibility Study assessed the engineering feasibility, neighborhood connectivity, safety, environmental and permitting requirements, hydraulic impacts, real estate, maintenance and operations, and preliminary cost estimates of the project. The study found that the project is feasible and would help serve the transportation needs of communities neighboring the project area as well as the region.

Following the completion of the feasibility study, in September 2016 the Metro Board approved the project to advance into conceptual design. This includes the preparation of technical studies about the corridor’s existing conditions, and community outreach to understand the community’s needs and desires.

During conceptual design, Metro staff reached out to the communities to understand how people currently use the path and what they’d like to use the path for in the future, how people want to access the path, preferred path types, project goals, and on what should be considered as part of the evaluation criteria. Metro hosted nine public meetings, fielded online and in-person surveys and attended numerous community events.  After collecting this information and applying evaluation criteria, three draft alternatives were identified and presented to the public in May 2019.

After conceptual design, Metro will further study the alternatives during the environmental review process.  As part of the environmental study of all three alternatives, Metro will work to environmentally clear and fulfill all permitting requirements for this project under the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) in coordination with the US Army Corps of Engineers and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) with Metro as the lead agency. Public outreach and community engagement will continue throughout this phase of the project.

Community Engagement


The northern limits of the project area are the terminus of the Los Angeles River Greenway Trail at Riverside Drive, with southern limits at Atlantic Blvd where the Los Angeles River Bike Path begins in the City of Maywood. Many of the neighborhoods in the area surrounding the project corridor are predominately industrial with high volumes of truck traffic, deteriorated roadways, a lack of sidewalks, street lighting, and at-grade rail crossings. Additionally, there are freight and passenger train movements on tracks adjacent to the River along several segments of the corridor.

Over 1,000,000 people live within three miles of the LA River Path project corridor. Of the 85,000 people who live within ½-mile of the project corridor, approximately 18,000 (21%) working-age people walk, bicycle, or take public transit to work.


This project has been included in several local and regional plans, including the 2016 Metro Active Transportation Strategic Plan and the 2009 Long Range Transportation Plan , the Southern California Council of Governments 2016-2040 Regional Transportation Plan/ Sustainable Communities Strategy , as well as the County of Los Angeles 2012 Bike Master Plan , the City of Los Angeles Mobility Plan 2035 and 2010 Bicycle Plan .

The largest remaining, 8-mile gap in the LA River Path, between Elysian Valley and Maywood requires a multi-jurisdictional effort and close coordination with US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), City of Los Angeles, City of Vernon, the County of Los Angeles, and rail operations along Metro-owned right-of-way. As the County’s transportation agency and owner of the adjacent rail right-of-way, Metro is leading this project through environmental analysis, design and coordination with other projects, studies and efforts along the Los Angeles River.

The LA River Path Project has been identified as a need in numerous studies of the Los Angeles River and the project team is coordinating with numerous other studies and planning efforts.  Some of these efforts include: 2007  Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan aimed at revitalizing all 51 miles of the river channel including providing pedestrian and bicycle facilities; the 2016 USACE Los Angeles River Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study of an 11-mile stretch of the Los Angeles River north of Griffith Park through Elysian Valley to downtown Los Angeles; RiverLA’s Greenway 2020 plan, which identified the goal of completing the path along the length of the river; and the ongoing effort by Los Angeles County to update the 1996 LA River Master Plan.

Non-profit groups such as River LA (formerly LA River Revitalization Corporation) and Friends of the Los Angeles River (FOLAR) have also been working to transform the River. This transformation envisions making the River an integral part of the community and a regional active transportation corridor for walking and biking.


LA River Path Scoping Period is Open

Metro is initiating an environmental review to study the benefits and impacts of building and operating the future path. The first step of the environmental review process is scoping, which will determining the objectives, scope, focus and content of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR).

During the month of November, Metro will be hosting three public scoping meetings where you will have the opportunity to:

  • Provide your comments on the project’s objectives
  • Learn about the alternatives being studied
  • Become informed about the environmental review process
  • Help us understand what we should study in the Environmental Impact Report

Submit Your Public Comments

Metro values your input on this project. Public comments may be submitted at any of the meetings, by email, regular mail or online comment form to Metro during the 45-day public scoping period.

The formal public scoping comment period begins on Wednesday, October 23, 2019, and ends on Friday, December 6, 2019. Written comments may be submitted via mail, email or through our online comment form:

Laura Cencic
Senior Director, Metro
One Gateway Plaza, 99-22-5
Los Angeles, CA  90012

lariverpath@metro.net

Online Comment Form

Scoping Meeting Details

The information presented at each meeting will be the same. Presentations will start 30 minutes after the scheduled start time. Please join us at the meeting that is most convenient for you. Refreshments and children's activities will be available at all meetings.

Scoping Meeting Schedule

Boyle Heights
Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 6 – 8pm
Boyle Heights Senior Center, Auditorium
2839 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90033

> Spanish translation will be provided.
Se brindará interpretación en español.

Public Transportation: This location is served by:

  • Metro Local Line 106 (4 th /Mott or 4 th /Evergreen): 5 to 10-minute walk to Boyle Heights Senior Center
  • Metro Local Line 30 (1 st /Evergreen): 5 to 10-minute walk to Boyle Heights Senior Center
  • Metro Gold Line (Soto Station or Indiana Station): 15-20 minute walk to Boyle Heights Senior Center

Parking: On-site parking is available, accessed from 3 rd St.

Little Tokyo/Arts District

Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 6 – 8pm
St. Francis Xavier Chapel, Maryknoll Auditorium
222 S Hewitt St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

> Spanish and Japanese translations will be provided.
Se brindará interpretación en español y en japonés.

Public Transportation: This location is served by:

  • Metro Bike Share (Traction & Rose): Under 5-minute walk to St. Francis Xavier Chapel
  • LADOT DASH A (Hewitt & 2nd): Under 5-minute walk to St. Francis Xavier Chapel
  • Metro Gold Line (Little Tokyo/Arts District Station): 10-minute walk to St. Francis Xavier Chapel

Parking: On-site parking is available, accessed from 3 rd St.

Maywood

Thursday, November 14, 2019, 6 – 8pm
Maywood Elementary School
5200 Cudahy Av, Maywood, CA 90270

> Spanish translation will be provided.
Se brindará interpretación en español.

Public Transportation: This location is served by:

  • Metro Local Line 611 (District/Cudahy or Atlantic/52nd): Under 5-minute walk to Maywood Elementary School
  • Metro Local Line 260 (Atlantic/52 nd ): Under 5-minute walk to Maywood Elementary School
  • Metro Local Line 108 (53 rd /Cudahy): Under 5-minute walk to Maywood Elementary School

Parking: Parking available on 52 nd St.

Cypress Park

Saturday, November 16, 2019, 10am–12pm
Cypress Park Recreation Center
2630 Pepper Av, Los Angeles, CA 90065
> Spanish translation will be provided.
Se brindará interpretación en español.

Public Transportation: This location is served by:

  • Metro Local Lines 90, 91, 94 (San Fernando/Pepper): Under 5-minute walk to Cypress Park Recreation Center
  • Metro Local Line 28 (Cypress/Pepper): Under 5-minute walk to Cypress Park Recreation Center
  • Metro Local Line 251 (Ave 28/Idell): 5 to 10-minute walk to Cypress Park Recreation Center
  • Metro Local Line 81, 751, 794 (Figueroa/Ave 26): 15-minute walk to Cypress Park Recreation Center
  • Metro Gold Line (Lincoln/Cypress Station): 20-minute walk to Cypress Park Recreation Center

Parking: Limited on-site parking available on Ave 27

For additional public transportation options: use the Metro Trip Planner, available at metro.net , to find the most convenient way to access these meetings.

ADA Accommodations: All Metro meetings are held in ADA accessible facilities. Other ADA accommodations and translations are available by calling 213.418.3423 or California Relay Service at 711 at least 72 hours in advance.

Next Steps

Following the close of the scoping public comment period, Metro will begin preparing the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) incorporating feedback from public comments received. Metro anticipates releasing the Draft EIR in 2021 for public review and comment.  In the meantime, the Project team will continue to engage with community members and interested stakeholders to continue to shape this exciting Project. Metro’s mission is to create a safe and world-class transportation corridor along the Los Angeles River between Elysian Valley and Maywood for people of all ages and abilities that enhances recreation, livability, regional connectivity and provides:

  • An outstanding user experience
  • Access to opportunity
  • Separation from vehicular traffic


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