The Los Angeles River Path project is a proposed 8-mile shared-use bicycle and pedestrian path extension between Elysian Valley and Maywood, through downtown Los Angeles and the City of Vernon. The project aims to create a safe, accessible path for people walking, bicycling, and rolling to get to destinations that matter in their daily lives.
The Project will close an existing gap in the Los Angeles River Bike Path and Greenway Trail, providing a seamless 32-mile bicycle and pedestrian route from the San Fernando Valley to Long Beach.
The new path will serve communities in Elysian Valley, Lincoln Heights, Chinatown, Downtown LA, the Arts District, the Industrial District, Boyle Heights, and the cities of Vernon and Maywood.
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, 21% of working-age people (approximately 18,000) walk, bicycle or take transit to work. The Project will provide an off-street commute option that will provide access to large employment centers, public transit and provide a safer, more comfortable environment.
This project is fully funded through construction with $365 million dollars in funding from Measure M.
Measure M is a half-cent sales tax that was approved by Los Angeles County voters in 2016. The funds are being collected for designated transportation purposes including several new transit and highway projects around the County.
The LA River Path project is one of the transportation projects specifically identified in Measure M.
- Feasibility Study Completed
- Technical Studies & Conceptual Design
- Environmental Clearance & Design
- As early as 2023
- Construction begins
- Forecasted Opening
Construction is anticipated to begin around 2023 and be completed before the 2028 Olympics.
Conceptual Path Design
This path is meant to be used by anyone who wants to use an off-street walking or bicycling connection between the San Fernando Valley and Long Beach or anywhere in between. Recreational bicycle riders will no doubt use this path — as they do the existing sections of the river path. Those commuting to work and school will have access to DTLA (our region’s largest job center), Boyle Heights, Chinatown, Little Tokyo the Arts District and Industrial districts, not to mention places along the entire path including Vernon, Long Beach, the Elysian Valley, Glendale, Atwater, etc.
The design of the path will be focused on creating a space where both people walking on the path as well as bicycle riders of various levels of experience feel comfortable and safe. This path is meant to be used by all ages and abilities who would like to make a connection between the San Fernando Valley and Long Beach or anywhere in between.
Metro is designing this project for all ages and abilities to promote walking, bicycling, or rolling, such as in a wheelchair or riding a scooter. Metro is implementing best practices for creating a path that not only feels safe but is safe for all users. Specific design solutions, such as the width of the path and whether there will be separate paths for walking and rolling, will be determined as Metro continues gathering community input and analyzing the existing conditions.
Ownership, Operations and Maintenance
As a transportation agency, Metro is designing a path that will serve as a safe and accessible transportation option. Metro recognizes that there are several ongoing river restoration efforts. Metro is currently coordinating with the agencies involved with river restoration and aims to not preclude any river restoration work with the LA River Path project. Metro recognizes the neighborhoods around the project area are in need of parks and is coordinating with local jurisdictions on improving access to open space.
How to Get Involved
Local communities and the public have many ways to participate and provide their input on this project, including:
- Participating in ongoing public meetings
- Requesting a project briefing for your organization or group
- Subscribe to the project database here to receive updates on upcoming outreach activities and other project-related information
At the beginning of the environmental process, Metro will hold formal scoping meetings and solicit public and agency comments on the project. These scoping meetings provide a great opportunity to learn more about the path and to help inform the possible alternatives, identify the purpose and need of the project, determine major issues for environmental analysis, and identify the project goals and evaluation criteria.