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Overview

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.

This project, intended for all ages and abilities, will close the longest remaining gap in an active transportation corridor along the LA River Path. Thus, creating a path that will serve the existing communities there today, while looking forward to serving these communities’  future needs. Of the 85,000 people who live within ½-mile of the project corridor, approximately 22% working-age people walk, bicycle, or take public transit to work.

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, the project will provide a seamless 32-mile pathway completely separated from vehicular traffic that people can walk and bicycle through the heart of Los Angeles County; connecting to the San Fernando Valley and 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 boosting regional multi-modal travel with a connection to various access points along the river.

The new section of the path will directly serve communities in:

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

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