More Issues

Transportation Plan

Transportation helped define our city. From a car culture known the world over, to the first freeway in America (the Arroyo Seco Parkway), to traffic that has become iconic in its own right,  as well as our famous lack of public transit, how we get around the city is a defining part of who we are as Angelenos. But transportation is so much more than how we travel between two points. Transportation is an issue of economic equity and environmental justice. It’s how we work and how we join communities. 

I am working towards making a more connected Los Angeles– especially to our communities of color and in the San Fernando Valley– and making public transportation cheaper, cleaner, and safer. One of the easiest ways to green our city is to allow more people to ride public transit, but that means making public transit better. It means more stops in the place people live and work, it means cutting costs for riders, and making our fleet all electric. I’m putting forward a transportation plan that puts the needs of working Angelenos at its center.

Problem

Many cannot afford the extra cost of public transportation

Solution

Subsidizes fares for youth and seniors

  • We cannot ask more Angelenos to use public transportation if it is not safe, clean, and affordable. That’s why Kevin will make public transportation free for those under 25 and over 75. Money spent subsidizing fares for these riders will pay dividends in cleaner air and less congested streets, and these riders will have easier options to get to where they live and play. 

Problem

The San Fernando Valley is disconnected from Metro LA and the Westside

Solution

Prioritize the Sepulveda Pass Transit Corridor Project

1
  • The Sepulveda Pass Transit Corridor is the single most important transit project in the City. It will help unite routes from Pacoima to Westwood, and back to Union Station. Kevin will work with partners at the State and Federal level to marshal the money through public/private partnerships to put it on the fast track to completion. 
2
  • For too long, the Valley has remained isolated, not fully included in the transit infrastructure of the greater Los Angeles region. Even though 1 out of 5 Angelenos live in the San Fernando Valley, the region only claims two of Metro’s 93 stations. 
3
  • Kevin understands that our city is more interconnected than ever, so he will push Metro to adopt a long range San Fernando Valley Transit Action Plan which will integrate the Sepulveda Transit Corridor, the East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor, the G Line Rail Conversion, and the San Fernando Valley to San Gabriel Valley Transit Corridor. 

Problem

Metro serves only a fraction of Angelenos and is inaccessible to many

Solution

Create a more efficient and safe Metro that gets more Angelenos where they want to go

1

As Mayor, Kevin will increase foot patrols for added safety in and around all transit stations. It is unacceptable that 1 in 4 women who use Metro report being harassed or feel unsafe. Lastly, Kevin will slash prices to make Metrolink more accessible to working Angelenos and make it Angelenos’ first choice to move around the city. 

2
  • The Burbank Airport is one of the Los Angeles best kept secrets and we need to create public rail and transit options for commuters from all over the region to use the Burbank Airport. The San Fernando Valley – San Gabriel Valley Transit corridor will link the B line terminus in North Hollywood with the 134 communities of Burbank, Glendale, Eagle Rock with the L line in Pasadena.  This will link the communities of San Fernando and San Gabriel Valley while creating rail access to the Burbank Airport. 
3

As Mayor, Kevin will seek to upgrade and prioritize overworked transit corridors for conversion to rail including a vital Vermont Blvd Rail Corridor and a Long Beach – San Pedro – Wilmington – Hawthorne rail transit corridor connecting the A and C Lines. 

Problem

LA’s transit systems operate independently

Solution

Create synergy between DOT, Metro and Metrolink

1

From scheduling optimization, to new station locations, to TAP cards, all of LA’s public transit infrastructure needs to work as one unit. Kevin will work with General Managers to bring both agencies together to create a more integrated system. He will work with both agencies to electrify their fleets– with electric buses by 2030 and electric rail replacing diesel to follow shortly– creating a greener LA for all of us.

2
  • As Mayor, Kevin will do a needs assessment on the DASH and DOT buses and re-allocate resources to largest need – for far too long DASH and DOT have bowed to political pressures and not built a municipal transit system that fills the transit needs of Angelenos
3
  • Identify local streetcar locations and develop plans for local streetcar circulators that feed into local public infrastructure needs including in Downtown LA, Warner Center, North Hollywood and Koreatown.

Problem

Metrolink is underutilized by riders

Solution

Make Metrolink trains cheaper to ride, accessible and more frequent

1
  • If we want people to get out of their cars and take public transit, we need to make transit options fit their needs. Right now, Metrolink stops are once every hour; we have to do better than that. Kevin will make sure trains come every 20 minutes to make it easier for Angelenos to get a train that fits their schedule.
2

Electrification of the entire system – Metrolink’s diesel trains for too long have emitted noxious fumes and particulate matter into nearby communities and we need to have Metrolink move into the current day on environmental goals.

3
Creating more short hop trips – Metrolink should offer shorter routes that occur more frequently and look at trip duration especially along the Ventura County and the Antelope Valley line.
4
Adding stations to the Ventura and Antelope Valley lines to increase access within the San Fernando Valley including adding a Pacoima station on the Antelope Valley line, a North Hollywood station, and a North Hills Station on the Ventura Line to create more accessibility to communities of color.

Endorse Kevin

Kevin values the endorsement of every single Los Angeles resident. If you’re ready to say you’re with Kevin, add your name and we’ll make sure you get key updates as the campaign progresses.