Metro is exploring whether a traffic reduction pilot program somewhere in LA County could reduce traffic and help people spend less time traveling.
Location: Central Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, Westside Cities
Phase: Early Planning
Type: Less Traffic
Forecasted Opening: 2026
Metro has a plan to make it easier to get around, which is why Metro’s Traffic Reduction Study is exploring whether a new approach could reduce traffic and help us spend less time traveling while supporting our health and economy. The approach consists of:
managing travel demand through congestion pricing, and
providing more high-quality transportation options
The Traffic Reduction Study will explore if, where, and how a traffic reduction pilot program could be successful in LA County.
The Traffic Reduction Study began in 2020 with listening sessions with elected officials, local government agencies, community representatives and people who travel in LA County. In 2021, Metro introduced early concept areas to the public and began its initial technical evaluation.
Metro is taking the time in 2022 to research and understand the effects of the pandemic on mobility patterns and other data used in the Traffic Reduction Study.
The extended duration of the coronavirus pandemic has significantly impacted how people commute. Over the past two years, employers have relaxed requirements for in-person working, reducing the need for employees to commute daily. The decline in commercial office space occupancy likely won’t soon return to pre-pandemic levels. And high turnover in the job market has led to shifts in traffic patterns, congestion areas, and schedules. A number of these changes could become permanent as we emerge from the pandemic.
Our team is analyzing these factors and reviewing existing data to ensure the study findings reflect current and future trends. We’re also identifying types of transportation investments, low-income assistance programs, and other strategies that will make a successful and equitable pilot program.
While we have shared information on some early concepts, we are far from done collecting, analyzing, and gathering public input. In the meantime, Metro will continue to publicly share updates periodically and gather input from customers and other stakeholders about their transportation needs.
We anticipate submitting a pilot program and implementation plan to the Metro Board for approval in 2023. If approved, Metro and partners will begin design and implementation of the pilot program for an anticipated launch in 2026.