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’sTraffic Reduction Study (TRS) is exploring whether a uniqueapproach that’s proved successful in other metropolitan cities,could reduce traffic, help us spend less time stuck in traffic, and support our own personal health, environment and thelocal economy.The approach consists of:
Managing travel demand through congestion pricing
Providing more high-quality transportation options
TRSis exploring if, where, and how a traffic reduction pilot program could be feasible in LA County.
Metro is moving the Traffic Reduction Study (TRS) forward in 2023. The 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. This work was paused in 2022 to study changing traffic and economic patterns stemming from the pandemic. Metro is currently working to integrate what has been learned into an updated technical evaluation and share the results broadly by late Spring of 2023
Throughout 2023, Metro will engage stakeholders and communities in conversations to inform the feasibility study and what a potential pilot program could look like. These conversations will be essential for identifying the types of transportation investments, low-income assistance programs, and other strategies that would be needed for a pilot program. It would be aimed at successfully reducing traffic, enhancing economic opportunity, reducing air and climate pollution, making our roads and transit system safer, and reinvesting in our communities. Engagement will focus on connecting with a wide variety of stakeholders, especially hard-to-reach groups, low-income populations, and communities whose input is needed to inform a program that would advance equity.
We anticipate submitting the feasibility study and next steps to the Metro Board for consideration in late 2023. This will include a recommendation to move one concept forward for environmental study, exploring state legislation, and ongoing public engagement. Should a pilot ultimately be implemented it would be launched in 2028, prior to the Olympics.