The average LA driver now spends over 100 hours every year stuck in traffic. That number is climbing quickly and stands as some of the worst traffic in the entire world. The time we waste costs us each over $2,400 in lost productivity and fuel, to say nothing of the personal sacrifices and complicated life decisions we make every day just to avoid traffic.
For example, see Olympic Blvd above. As this video model demonstrates, current traffic conditions during rush hour are a nightmare, leaving commuters trapped while trying to get on the 405 or just passing through the Westside.
What would happen if we took the best solutions from above and combined them together to form a “Go Zone,” with the goal of reducing traffic congestion in some of LA’s worst traffic hot spots?
This video models the impact of possible near-term solutions in Los Angeles combined together to form a “Go Zone,” to relieve congestion and get traffic hot spots like Olympic moving again.
These solutions, which include a decongestion fee system during peak traffic hours, increased incentives for ridesharing, more frequent and reliable transit options, and better crosswalks and bike lanes to make walking and cycling safer and more enjoyable, have been proven to enhance mobility in cities around the world.
Together, these mobility innovations can do more than improve traffic conditions, they fundamentally transform our streets to move us past a “drive-it-alone” model of transportation.