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If You Can Make It in LA, You Can Make It Anywhere

Los Angeles has long been known as a city where transportation is dominated by cars. However, the county has now come up with a new roadmap to drastically reduce its emissions by 2028 by seeking alternatives to private cars. [1]

LA city and its surrounding county have brought forward an ambitious plan for cutting down emissions from transportation by turning the majority of new cars electric and moving 20 percent of single travelers in their private cars to public transportation or biking. Through the newly published Zero Emission 2028 Roadmap 2.0, LA city is going to fight climate change and the health impacts of hazardous emissions.

Electric vehicles are going to be the choice for people who need to drive. Besides making electric vehicles more affordable, the city aims to add 84 000 public and workplace charging stations, as well as offering charging facilities for apartment buildings to support the shift. The roadmap declares that 30 percent of cars on the road will be electric by 2028, and 80 percent of new cars sold will be electric. When it comes to goods, besides making I-710 the first zero-emissions goods movement corridor in the nation, all public investments into the transportation of goods and related infrastructure to support goods movement will advance zero-emissions solutions, according to the roadmap.

In addition to cutting down the number of fossil fuel vehicles, the city is working in parallel to make it easier for people to transport themselves without the need to drive. This means improving the efficiency and the quality of public transport. For example, using electric buses for quieter and cleaner experiences, and expanding micromobility services to complement the public transport service. Other actions deemed important to help people consider alternatives to driving include building infrastructure for micromobility, for example, bike lanes, and designing streets to protect vulnerable road users.

Investigation of congestion pricing also lies in the pipeline. The LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority is planning to look at a congestion toll system like the one in London to disincentivize driving in the city center.


Personal Comments

Redirecting private car users to public transport has now become a classic concept when it comes to reducing congestions and smog in cities. Cities are now aware that there is probably not any single solution that could save them from climate change. However, a combination of measures and offering feasible alternatives tend to be the silver lining in the middle of the reform of urban transportation. Yet, as simple as it sounds, the implementation is challenging. Leaving alone the ambitious plan, I am personally more interested in following up on the details. For example, how LA city plans to install charging facilities for apartments, or how it plans to improve the public transport system so that more people will be interested in using it.


Written by Anne Faxér, RISE Viktoria.



1. 2019-11-26. How Los Angeles plans to get hundreds of thousands of people out of cars.