Expand Transit Options - Joe Bray-Ali for Council District 1

Expand Transit Options

I am running for City Council with the promise of expanding transit options available to all. Los Angeles has committed to providing improved public transportation with the Mobility Plan, voters passed Measure M to invest in expanding our transit system and decrease travel times and vehicle miles traveled. Public transit opportunities, plus the rise of ride-sharing technologies encourage Angelenos to consider how to adapt our infrastructure to the new century.

  

As the owner of a small business, I am strongly in favor of providing transit solutions that promote street safety and increase foot traffic flow. By re-examining how we encourage the public to use the sidewalks and streets we can spur business in many commercial corridors throughout Council District 1. My council office will utilize its resources to bring sidewalk repairs and street improvements to dangerous intersections and streetcar thoroughfares that will in turn increase business and tax revenues.

In addition to promoting small business, I staunchly support prioritizing safe routes to school for our area’s youth. Asking our young to negotiate walkarounds and longer routes to school is unacceptable - their instructional time is already compromised by many factors, and education holds significant influence upon future success for students from lower-income households.

I support the enhanced bus network as proposed by the Mobility Plan and will work to implement the safe streets design of North Figueroa Street. I would like to see subway expansion to link Koreatown to Exposition Park, as well as an overall expansion of the Metro Bike Share program along the Gold Line and Red Line to increase ridership of Metro transit lines.

Now that we have laid down the rail and highways to ensure movement of goods and circulation, we must focus in the 21st century on getting back to the basics of building a city pleasant for daily business and championing local business.

 

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I am calling for: 

  • Coordinated sidewalk repair, curb ramp installation, bus shelter construction, with LADOT DASH bus routes

 

  • Extension of Vermont subway between Koreatown and Exposition Park.

 

  • More frequent Metro-like service along Metrolink corridor with new Glassell Park and/or Cypress Park stations

 

  • Enhanced bus service as envisioned in the Mobility Plan (more frequent service, curb-extension waiting areas, etc.)

 

  • Connecting Pico Union and MarArthur Park with DTLA bike lanes, safer pedestrian connections

 

  • NO on 710 - our region must invest in new ways of moving people and goods instead of doubling down on freeway expansions that disrupt neighborhoods.