Frequently Asked Questions
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Why is it called Move Culver City?
The project envisions a reimagining of our streets as public spaces and prioritizes moving people over cars in the design of the street. Bus riders, cyclists, and emergency vehicles will all benefit from increased speeds, ease of travel, and reliability of sustainable connections to key destinations and regional transit connections.
Culver City has recognized that traffic congestion will continue to rise with the economic growth the city has seen and continues to see. Since there is no opportunity to expand the public right-of-way, the City is reimagining the street to move those traveling within and through Culver City more efficiently. Move Culver City also explores the various ways the City can encourage multi-mobility opportunities for people to learn how to move safely along our busiest corridors.
When will this project be implemented?
There are two project phases: Phase 1 includes design and pilot implementation of the downtown mobility lane on Washington and Culver Boulevards. The development of the Phase 1 pilot project is currently underway, with a “go-live” date tentatively scheduled for Earth Day—April 22, 2021. Phase 2 will then focus on the analysis and conceptual design of a mobility lane on Sepulveda Boulevard and Jefferson Boulevard.
What are the primary goals of the project?
The overarching goal is to make Culver City’s roadways safer and more efficient by prioritizing high-capacity options such as transit, walking, and bicycling and leveraging transit investments such as the Expo (E) Line. The City Council is directing this bold, visionary change as a first step in solving this issue.
Project Goals Include
i. To implement the guiding principles set forth in the City’s Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Visioning Plan (adopted in 2017) & the City’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Action Plan (adopted in 2020).
ii. Building on the City’s TOD Plan, this project will implement attractive multi-mobility options and help promote and encourage individuals to use buses, bikes and trains to get to and through Culver City safely and efficiently.
iii. Filling in the gap of the existing bike network and enhancing access throughout Downtown, especially the connection to the E-Line Station.
iv. Implementing physical improvements to create a safe, efficient, and reliable corridor for transit, biking and walking to address the rising travel demand in Culver City. Traffic will continue to increase and other travel options (such as transit and biking) will continue to degrade along with traffic if no action is taken.
v. This project will utilize a quick-build process that allows for temporary treatments and provides agility to update the design in the future. Instead of a traditional design project, we can test the improvements and monitor travel patterns to assess the impacts and update the design as needed.
i. Create and build upon a new sustainable transportation culture as the region continues to add more jobs and residents.
In addition to the primary goals, the Culver City Transportation Department will also implement the following complimentary projects during the same time frame.
i. A unique high-frequency circulator service in the downtown mobility lane corridor.
ii. Re-imagine the Culver City E-Line station entrance and connecting Culver CityBus stops to create Gateway Mobility Stops at this location and at the termini of the downtown mobility lane corridor.
iii. Develop Mobility Stop Guidelines.
Is this project going to affect current traffic patterns?
Yes and no. The current travel routes to and around downtown Culver City and the Culver City Arts District will remain as they are today; however, the current capacity for vehicular traffic will be more limited so that the mobility lanes can be implemented and allow for more efficient and sustainable transportation options. This project will convert a single vehicle travel lane in each direction to a mobility lane. This conversion will encourage and facilitate sustainable and high-capacity transportation modes such as buses, bikes, scooters, and micro-transit.
What is the duration of the project?
This project is a pilot – meaning all changes and materials are temporary and can be adjusted, if and when needed. The Phase 1 pilot will last approximately 12 months and be evaluated for modifications and additional improvements. The quick-build process allows for testing and monitoring the mobility lane and surrounding travel patterns so that updates to the design can be made as needed.
Will the new street design affect parking spaces?
Yes, in some locations. The street design will impact on-street parking spaces in certain areas of the corridor, but we are looking at maintaining street parking where other options, as off-street spaces, are limited. The project team is working with residents and businesses to develop a design “sweet spot” that balances mobility goals and traffic circulation, while helping businesses, residents, and visitors explore alternative modes of transportation. The design team is leveraging context sensitive design to take advantage of existing off-street parking garage capacity while retaining street parking in areas that don’t have off-street parking available
Will the new design remove the current outdoor dining spaces?
At this time, it is anticipated that outdoor dining on westbound Culver Blvd and Main Street will remain, in order to lessen the economic impact of COVID-19 on our beloved restaurants in downtown Culver City. In coordination with the City Council, the Public Works Department, and the community, the design team may look at future modifications in concert with re-opening guidance from the County and State.
What types of materials will you use?
Most materials will be temporary and implemented within the curb lines. The most common materials are paint, planters, and removable delineators.
Will the demonstration project include any sidewalk or curb changes?
No. All improvements for the quick-build process will take place between the current sidewalks and curbs. Street furniture and public art improvements may be made on the public right-of-way as part of this project.
Does the project allow for making adjustments from experience gained from the initial implementation design?
Yes. The beauty of the quick-build process is that it allows for easy modifications. By using temporary and inexpensive materials, adjustments to the design can be made throughout the 12-month pilot. This will be important as travel patterns change in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
What background analyses have been done for this project?
i. In place of a traditional approach that requires several years of study and design and a large capital investment, the quick-build process allows the team to implement quickly and cheaply then to observe, monitor and update the design in real time.
ii. The project team performed background analysis, will utilize traffic data collected on the corridor in 2019 (reflective of pre-pandemic demand), and compare with real-time monitoring once the pilot is in place. As a tactical project, this is an “experiment” to see how a mobility lane will work and encourage multi-mobility. Similar projects in cities such as San Francisco, Miami, New York City, Pittsburgh, and others show that mobility lanes can provide a sustainable solution to enhancing multimodal options. The Move Culver City project is leveraging proximity to the E-Line light rail and changing travel patterns during the pandemic to take a first step in encouraging a shift from single-occupancy vehicles to high-capacity transportation. The benefit of implementing a pilot project is that it is flexible and nimble and project components can be adjusted as necessary.
What type of data is being collected for this project and how will we know if this project meets the goals of safety and efficiency?
One of the primary components of the Move Culver City project is monitoring the impacts that the mobility lane has on vehicle, bus, bike, and pedestrian activity. The project team has planned a robust data collection program to include real-time vehicle traffic data on speeds and volumes, transit ridership and service, bicycle volumes, and pedestrian activity. The team will collect data about the number of vehicles traveling on nearby parallel routes such as Venice Blvd and Jefferson Blvd and several neighborhood cross streets to understand traffic patterns once the project is implemented. The design team will conduct surveys with community members and local businesses to understand perceived impacts.
How is the team collecting public input?
The project team has developed a variety of ways to interact and collect public input from the community and will continue to do so throughout the design and implementation of the project. This includes the following outreach:
i. A Community Project Advisory Committee (CPAC) has been created for direct community guidance and input on the project approach, design and implementation. The CPAC includes a team of community members representing the three neighborhoods, the Downtown and Arts Business Associations, and special interest groups. The CPAC meets every two weeks with the design team and is a primary source of input.
ii. Business Roundtables and Community Workshops have been held virtually to present progress updates and collect input from different interests. We are currently scheduling these meetings every 4-6 weeks.
iii. The team has held one-on-one meetings with residents and businesses upon request.
iv. Field visits have occurred and will continue to be scheduled throughout the project.
v. The MoveCulverCity.com website has been established as a source of information and as a portal to collect direct feedback from any community member that is interested in the project.
vi. Social media is being utilized to inform the community of the project and engagement events.
vii. The plans have been presented and discussed at the City Council’s Mobility, Traffic, and Parking Subcommittee meetings on October 27, 2020 and November 19, 2020. We will continue to give updates and seek direction at future meetings.
viii. The plans have been presented at the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee meeting on December 3, 2020.
Where is the funding coming from for the project?
Transportation is an enterprise fund (separate from the General Fund) within the City and has reserved some transit funds to conduct the analysis and design ($1 million) of three transit corridors and the full implementation of the downtown corridor. We have budgeted the use of LA County Measure M funds to do the work on the streets for Phase I and some federal funds for the work at the bus stops and reimagining the Culver City Station Expo stop area. The Circulator will be funded by reallocating existing transit operating funds for the first 6 months. As the project progresses, Transportation will work with the City Council to address implementation in future years ,while also actively seeking grants for the planned implementation of the Sepulveda and Jefferson corridors.
Will the project’s changes approved by the City Council be permanent?
In using the quick-build approach with inexpensive materials and no changes to the curb, the mobility lane and accompanying design features remain flexible. This pilot project allows the City to experiment with alternatives to see what works and what does not work so that the City Council can make decisions accordingly.