Starting in the first months of 2023, South Los Angeles students, low-income residents, seniors and people with different abilities will be able to receive $150 per month for their transportation payment, for one year.
This is thanks to the Los Angeles Department of Transportation launching a universal basic mobility pilot plan in South Los Angeles to increase transportation and employment options for thousands of Angelenos.
This program will subsidize electric carpool or bus service fares for 2,000 residents, who will receive $150 a month for one year to pay for public transportation and the Metro, as well as for shuttles or buses on demand, rent, scooters and electric bicycles.
Beneficiaries will have to obtain a transit access ticket card, which will be used for any line that is part of the TAP system, the rental of the BlueLA shared electric vehicle program, launched in June 2018; and the Metro Bike Share bicycle rental system
According to the Department of Transportation, basic universal mobility is a concept that believes that robust transportation options are an essential opportunity.
“Without mobility, people cannot access basic needs such as education, employment, housing and home care.”
In Los Angeles, there are 12 times more jobs accessible in an hour by car than by transit.
The pilot program is supported by nearly $18 million in state and city funds.
“For my constituencies, mobility is essential to survival, and a pathway to opportunity,” said Council Member Curren Price, who represents several communities this program will serve.
He added that without proper transportation, our neighbors cannot access basic needs.
“Accessible, affordable, safe and sustainable transportation should never be considered a privilege. This program will serve as a vehicle to ensure that no one is left behind while simultaneously addressing climate change.”
LADOT General Manager Seleta Reynolds said mobility is essential to opportunity, which is why they have committed to providing basic universal mobility for Angelenos.
“As a city we must prioritize equitable access to dignified, safe, reliable and affordable transportation that serves residents regardless of income.”
He indicated that this initiative will empower the communities of South Los Angeles and lay the foundation for a concerted effort throughout the city to achieve basic universal mobility.
Hector de la Torre, a member of the California Air Resources Board (CARB), said this project demonstrates how California is investing in innovative, community-oriented transportation solutions to address historic inequalities and cut carbon pollution, clean the air and improve the quality of life in the communities most affected by pollution.
“This pilot program will provide zero-emission transit buses and carpools, electric bikes, and charging infrastructure in an underserved area of Los Angeles.”
Nearly $14 million of this program is funded by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) with dollars paid by those with the highest levels of carbon pollution.
Metro President Stephanie N. Wiggins said they feel privileged to partner with LADOT and other community partners to bring digital mobility solutions to residents of South Los Angeles.
“This is the first pilot of its kind for these residents and will make it easier for them to find jobs, run errands, shop and travel throughout the county.”
He specified that through these financial applications of the mobility program, residents in the area will have access to subsidized Metro fares.
Dr. Katrina VanderWoude, president of Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, which offers more than 30 technical majors, said that with the support of this pilot program, students in its electric vehicle certification program will participate in internships and internships with local vehicle dealers and repair shops to gain experience in electric cars.
“Through this pilot, we are also launching the Youth Ambassadors which will focus on sustainable mobility options.”
He appreciated LADOT’s support as they promote career paths for students to be agents of change in their communities.
The universal basic mobility program covers a wide swath of southern Los Angeles, from the 10 freeway to the north, south to Alameda Street to the east, Crenshaw Boulevard to the west, and Florence Avenue to the south.
This area was chosen because of the high proportion of households living below the poverty line as well as the large proportion of residents who depend on public transportation.
What does the pilot program include?
● Will deploy 250 bicycles with an integrated electric motor e-bikes
● Expand LA’s Blue Electric Transportation with 100 carpools
● Provide free shared bus service upon request
● Provide subsidized METRO and DASH fares for 2,000 area residents
● Will install 16 charging stations for electric vehicles in 4 libraries
● Install 75 electric vehicle charging stations at Parks and Recreation facilities
● Will install 2 centrals for direct fast charging
● Provide job training on electric charging stations and electric bicycles for 30 Angelenos
● Provide $1 million in funding for the rail-to-rail project
● Install infrastructure for safe streets