Solutions to traffic, congestion, pollution, and lack of access and affordable mobility: altogether now

The average LA driver now loses over 100 Hours every year trapped in traffic, making LA one of the most highly congested cities in the world. Angelenos agree: it’s time to get serious about solving our record-breaking traffic problems. The 100 Hours Campaign was launched to bring together solutions from around the world and start a real conversation about what it will take to turn traffic hot spots into models of mobility.

SOLUTIONS

It’s time to have a real conversation about what it will take to get Los Angeles moving again. We’ve compiled solutions that have been proven to work in the greater Los Angeles region and around the world, and will soon add more ideas from thought leaders and transportation experts.

Look at the options, solutions, and the evidence in each of these areas:

  • Safer Walking and Biking Options – Adding bike sharing options, creating protected bike lanes, upgrading crosswalks, and creating safer, more walkable streets are important components of any plan to alleviate traffic. These upgrades provide a sustainable, healthy way to get around during peak traffic hours by making it easier and safer for people to bike and walk. The result is a small but notable impact on the amount of congestion on arterial roads.

Read about efforts to make bicycling and walking safe and enjoyable in Los Angeles and elsewhere:

Aug 21​, 2017 – Inside The Audacious Plan to Eliminate Traffic Deaths in L.A., Los Angeles Magazine​​

Aug 15​, 2017 – Federal Study Concludes U.S. Must Change Policies to Curb Epidemic of Deaths Caused by Excessive Motorist Speed, National Association of City Transportation Officials​

Aug 09​, 2017 – What Would the Perfect Cycling City Look Like?, The Guardian​​​​​​

Jun 23​, 2017 – Cities Revive an Old Idea to Become More Pedestrian-Friendly, Governing​​​​​

Jun 21, 2017 – Beverly Hills Approves Bike Lanes for Santa Monica Blvd, StreetsBlog LA​

Jun 19, 2017 – Just How W​alkable is LA?, Curbed Los Angeles

Jun 19, 2017 – To be a World Class City LA Must be a Bikeable City, City Watch Los Angeles​

Jun 12, 2017 – Vision Zero Aims to Improve Safety along Main, Broadway, Western, Hoover, and More in South L.A., StreetsBlog LA​

Jun 05, 2017 – New Bike Lanes Coming to South L.A., Urbanize.LA​

May 30, 2017 – Great Streets Upgrade Makes Mar Vista’s Venice Blvd Safer For Walking, Biking, StreetsBlog LA

May 30, 2017 – Metro Bike Share Announces Launch Dates in July in Pasadena and Port of Los Angeles, The Source

May 25, 2017 – City Test Out Low-Cost Fixes to Enhance Pedestrian Safety in South L.A., StreetsBlog LA

May 23, 2017 – Venice Boulevard’s Great Streets Makeover Scheduled for May Debut, Urbanize.LA

May 21, 2017 – Downtown Culver City Bike Lanes Would Connect to the City’s Metro Station, Curbed Los Angeles

May 19, 2017 – New Metro Bike Hub Opens at Red Line’s Hollywood/Vine Station, The Source

May 18, 2017, – City Council Votes to Dedicate $27M to Vision Zero, Its Plan to End Traffic Deaths, Curbed Los Angeles

May 17, 2017 – Are the Pedals of Change in Los Angeles County Gaining Momentum?, The Source

May 16, 2017 – 5 Ways Biking is Getting Easier in L.A., Los Angeles Magazine

May 10, 2017 – How Your Suburb Can Make You Thinner, Politico

May 05, 2017 – L.A. Metro Plans Activities in Support of Bike Month this May in Los Angeles County, Los Cerritos News

May 03, 2017 – Vision Zero Painted Curb Extension Come to Koreatown’s 3rd Street, Streetsblog LA

Apr 06, 2017 – New Metro Employer Bike-Share Discount Could Boost Ridership, KPCC

Mar 02, 2017 – Santa Monica’s Open Street Celebration Could Become Annual Affair, Santa Monica Next

Nov 14, 2016 – Santa Monica “Breeze” Bike Share Celebrates First Birthday, Santa Monica Lookout

Jul 07, 2016 – How Does Downtown L.A.’s Bike-Share System Work?, Los Angeles Times

Oct 2013 – Jeff Speck: 4 Ways to Make a City More Walkable, TED

Sep 2013 – Janette Sadik-Khan: New York’s Streets? Not So Mean Any More, TED

Aug 01, 2017 – Lessons from the Fast Lane: Does this Study Prove Car-Pooling Works?, The Guardian​​​

Jun 27, 2017 – Now You Can Book Uber Rides for People Without Accounts or Smartphones—​Making It Easier for Seniors, Los Angeles Times​​

Jun 20, 2017 – A Better Way to Manage How We Get Around, Governing​​

Jun 20, 2017 – Public Transit Agencies Take a Lesson From Uber, The Wall Street Journal​

Jun 08, 2017 – ​ Chariot Expands in S.F. and Eyes Seattle, London, Toronto, SFGate.com​

Jun 06, 2017 – How Tech Will Transform Our Public Transport System: Are Uber Buses Driving Our Way?, Huffington ​Post UK

May 31, 2017 – Waze Will Roll Out Its Carpool App Across California, Los Angeles Times

May 26, 2017 – Can an App Increase Carpooling? Contra Costa Agency’s Partnership with Scoop Aims To Find Out, Government Technology​​​

May 11, 2017 – Citymapper’s Next Stop? Launching a London Bus, WIRED

May 02, 2017 – New York, Pave the Way for Uberized Bus Companies like Chariot, New York Daily News

Apr 07, 2017 – AC Transit Launches ‘Flex’ Program Following Test Period, Passenger Transport

Mar 06, 2017 – How a Failed Experiment Could Still Be the Future of Public Transit, WIRED

Jan 09, 2017 – Ford’s Chariot Ride-Sharing Service Will Expand to 8 Cities in 2017, TechCrunch

Feb 2016 – Travis Kalanick: Uber’s Plan to Get More People into Fewer Cars, TED

Apr 27, 2015 – How the Microtransit Movement Is Changing Urban Mobility, The Atlantic

Mar 13, 2015 – Transportation’s Missing Middle, Strong Towns

Emerging Technologies – Technological innovations have the potential to dramatically change the way Angelenos travel. While the pace of change is uncertain, new technologies—like driverless vehicles, new mobile applications, and connected vehicles—can provide opportunities for meeting travel needs and reducing the social and environmental costs of our transportation system.

Aug 2017 – How Driverless Cars Could Be a Big Problem for Cities, Governing​​​​​​

Jul 31, 2017 – How an Automated Car Platoon Works, U.S. Department of Transportation Volpe Center​​​​​​

Jul 02, 2017 – ‘Netflix of Transportation’ is a Trillion-Dollar Market by 2030 – and this Toyota-Backed Finnish Startup is in Pole Position to Seize It, Business Insider​​​​​

Jun 20, 2017 – What Will L.A.’s Autonomous Vehicle Future Look Like?, StreetsBlog LA​​​​

Jun 19, 2017 – Elon Musk Winning Over LA Politicians for Underground Hyperloop Tunnel N​etwork, Los Angeles Daily News​​​

Jun 18, 2017 – How Driverless Cars, Drones and Other Tech Will Change the Urban Landscape of Southern California, Los Angeles Daily News​​​

Jun 07, 2017 – If Elon Musk Can’t Solve Our Traffic Woes, These Technologies Just Might, NBC News​​​

Jun 07, 2017 – Can Algorithms Design Safer Intersections?, StreetsBlog USA​

Jun 04, 2017 – ​ Self-Driving Cars Could Be Terrible for Traffic—Here’s Why, Business Insider

May 26, 2017 – Revolutionising Passenger Experience With Mobility-As-A-Service, Europtransport

May 24, 2017 – Riding Public Transportation Becomes an Easier Choice When Cities Provide Better Data, Curbed Los Angeles

May 23, 2017 – 4 New Technologies Making Traffic Management Smoother & Safer, Tech Guru Daily

May 19, 2017 – Driverless Cars Are as Much an Infrastructure Challenge as a Tech One, American Enterprise Institute

May 17, 2017 – SPUR Talk: Public-Private Partnership and the Future of Mobility, StreetsBlog SF

May 16, 2017 – AI Traffic Lights to End Rush Hour Jams in Milton Keynes, The Telegraph

May 15, 2017 – Savari Works to Bring 5G to Connected Cars, TechCrunch.com​

May 12, 2017 – 8 Bright Ideas for Driverless Cities, Citylab

May 10, 2017 – A Single Autonomous Car Has a Huge Impact on Alleviating Traffic, MIT Technology Review

May 02, 2017 – You Say You Want a Transportation Revolution? How About Three of Them?, University of California, Davis

May 01, 2017 – Innovative New Tech Connects Traffic Signals and Cars in Frisco, Texas, GovTech.com

Apr 13, 2017 – The Future or Transportation is Already Here, TED

Mar 22, 2017 – Mobility-As-A-Service: How Driverless Cars Are Going to Redefine Travel, ITProPortal

Mar 20, 2017 – With Mobile App Rewards for Cycling and Walking, Would You Continue to Drive?, The City Fix

Feb 22, 2017 – San Diego to Deploy World’s Largest City-Based ‘Internet of Things’ Platform Using Smart Streetlights, City of San Diego

Oct 11, 2016 – This Seamless, Simple Transit App Wants to Plan and Pay for All Your Trips, Curbed

Sep 08, 2016 – The Third Transportation Revolution, Lyft Co-Founder, John Zimmer

Sep 2016 – Wanis Kabbaj: What a Driverless World Could Look Like, TED

Aug 31, 2016 – Google, Uber, and the Evolution of Transportation-as-a-Service, Stratechery.com

Mar 07, 2016 – In Preparation for Driverless Cars, States Start Upgrading Roads, Governing

​Mar 2011 – Bill Ford: A Future Beyond Traffic Gridlock, TED

Mar 2011 – Sebastian Thrun: Google’s Driverless Car, TED

Jan 2011 – Lisa Gansky: The Future of Business is the “Mesh”, TED

Mar 2007 – Robin Chase: The Idea Behind Zipcar (and What Comes Next), TED

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HOW COULD SOLUTIONS WORK IN LA?

Existing Conditions

 WHAT IS THE 100 HOURS PROJECT?

100 Hours is a public engagement effort by the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) to explore and discuss real solutions for our worst traffic hot spots in the Los Angeles area so that Angelenos can spend more time on what really matters.

WHY NOW?

The average resident of Los Angeles loses over 100 hours in traffic every year, making the LA commute one of the worst in the world. Without action, this average amount of time spent in traffic is expected to get even worse. The financial and personal costs that Angelenos pay for congestion are staggering: we each spend an average of over $2,400 on lost productivity and fuel alone, to say nothing of the personal sacrifices and complicated life decisions we make every day to avoid traffic. It’s time to have a meaningful conversation about what it would take to not only alleviate traffic congestion in Los Angeles, but make the city No. 1 in transportation innovation.

WHY LOS ANGELES?

As Angelenos cross the 100-hour threshold for amount of time lost to congestion, the region continues to re-imagine its transportation future. Los Angeles County leads the nation in public transportation investments with services such as ridesharing, which provides unprecedented access to mobility without the need to own a car, and significant Vision Zero investments, which aim to make walking and biking safer and more enjoyable. Angelenos have demonstrated that we are ready for a conversation about transportation solutions that get the city moving.

WHAT IS THE ULTIMATE GOAL OF THE CAMPAIGN?

The primary goal of the 100 Hours campaign is to explore and discuss real transportation solutions in light of the record-breaking traffic that our region faces. What lessons can we learn from other regions and how can we implement solutions in a way that works for LA? The first step is to engage Angelenos in a conversation and hear directly from those affected daily by LA traffic.

  • How would you like to get around?
  • What sacrifices are you currently making because of congestion?
  • What alternatives would allow you to live, work and play in Los Angeles more efficiently?

We then plan to gather community ideas and analyze best practices from around the world so we can better understand how Los Angeles can decongest local traffic hot spots and complement regional efforts to improve mass transit.

WHAT’S A GO ZONE?

A “Go Zone” is a concept for addressing specific traffic hot spots with a range of tools and incubating what can work to relieve local traffic problems. The question posed by 100 Hours is, how do we structure Go Zones that make sense for LA?

Elements could include:

  • decongestion fees
  • new ridesharing models
  • “last mile” solutions that bridge the gap from home or work to transit stops.

Our region’s transportation problems can seem daunting, but we hope that focusing on a comprehensive set of solutions for local problems can reignite our imagination.

WHAT’S A “DECONGESTION FEE”?

A decongestion fee is a mobility management tool that aims to combat the negative impacts of traffic and provide congestion relief. Drivers would have the option to pay for less congested arterial roadways during peak times when congestion is at its worst. By charging a fee to enter and use the streets within a highly-congested area at peak periods, drivers would be incentivized to make more informed travel choices and explore mobility alternatives. A decongestion fee system has been proven to reduce traffic enough to make a significant difference. In other cities with high levels of congestion, adding a decongestion fee system during peak hours has eliminated gridlock. For example, Stockholm saw an 18%-22% reduction in traffic with a decongestion fee of approximately $1.50 to $3.00 (in U.S. dollars). A smart system can be customized to the context and geography of Los Angeles with discounts on the fee for low income households, zone residents and higher occupancy vehicles. Although the primary purpose of a decongestion fee is to reduce traffic congestion, it also generates revenue that could be used to fund transit, biking and safer streets that create mobility options into and within a Go Zone.

HOW WOULD THE SOLUTIONS WE DISCUSS IMPACT EQUITY?

Low-income households and communities often pay the highest price for congestion, traveling long distances to work with less flexibility, making the need for solutions especially critical for those concerned with equity. These households would benefit dramatically from improved traffic flow and complementary transit upgrades. Low-income drivers could be provided with an exemption on all or most of a decongestion fee similar to the discounts provided by the Metro Express Lanes Low-Income Assistance Plan. This would maximize the positive impact a Go Zone could have on low-income communities.

CAN WE REALLY REDUCE TRAFFIC IN LA?

Transportation may seem like a daunting issue in LA, but there are proven solutions around the world that have worked to improve traffic flow. We are Los Angeles, a city that has taken on and overcome great challenges. Let’s talk about how we can implement real solutions and make them our own.

HOW CAN I LEARN MORE AND GET INVOLVED? Visit 100HoursLA.com to learn more about the campaign, share your ideas, and find events near you. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

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