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, eight-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.