The Culver City Council recently reportedly approved the addition of dedicated mobility lanes to a 1.3-mile corridor between Duquesne and La Cienega Avenues, connecting Downtown Culver City and the E Line.

The mobility lanes will repurpose existing right-of-way along Washington and Culver Boulevards, linking Downtown Culver City with Culver City Station and the Arts District, requiring little physical infrastructure to implement. Moreover, they will be available for use by cyclists, e-scooter riders, emergency vehicles, and buses. The mobility lanes are expected to debut by May 2021 after restriping segments of Washington and Culver Boulevards to realign vehicle traffic.

The City reportedly intends to couple the mobility lanes with an investment in improved transit service along the corridor. Some of the improvements planned to launch concurrently with the mobility lanes include plans to call for upgrades to three bus stops at City Hall, Culver City Station, and the Arts District. Microtransit service will also be able to use the mobility lanes at a future date.

Mayor Alex Fisch reportedly said: “This is a tactical mobility project. It is an effort to move as many people as possible as quickly as possible, including people in cars rather than moving cars.”

Unlike other civic constructions, this project will be done through a quick-build pilot implementation process, which includes a condensed schedule, temporary materials, and community engagement approach. Designs can be monitored prior to implementation in order to test the improvements and the impacts on mobility throughout the corridor and adjacent neighborhoods.

Plans for the mobility lanes came out of a 2017 TOD Visioning Study which proposed several measures to improve traffic circulation in Culver City. These included a “complete streets” makeover of Washington Boulevard, which would include dedicated lanes for buses and cyclists.

The recommendations on that study have since been adopted as a roadmap for a MOVE Culver City, a separate project which aims to re-envision the city’s streets as public spaces focused on the pedestrian experience. Similar future projects are planned for Sepulveda and Jefferson Boulevards.

The MOVE project includes three corridors: Downtown//Arts District corridor on Culver and Washington Boulevards (Downtown Corridor), Sepulveda Boulevard, and Jefferson Boulevard.

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Neama Rahmani is the President and co-founder of West Coast Trial Lawyers.

Neama graduated from UCLA at the age of 19 and Harvard Law School at the age of 22, making him one of the youngest graduates in the 200-year history of the…

Neama Rahmani is the President and co-founder of West Coast Trial Lawyers.

Neama graduated from UCLA at the age of 19 and Harvard Law School at the age of 22, making him one of the youngest graduates in the 200-year history of the law school. Upon graduation, Neama was hired by O’Melveny & Myers, the largest law firm in Los Angeles, where he represented companies such as Disney, Marriott, and the Roman Catholic Church.

But Neama wanted to help ordinary people, not corporations, so he joined the United States Attorney’s Office, where he prosecuted drug and human trafficking cases along the United States-Mexico border. While working as a federal prosecutor, Neama captured and successfully prosecuted a fugitive murderer and drug kingpin who had terrorized Southern California and was featured on “America’s Most Wanted.” Neama was then appointed to be the Director of Enforcement of the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission, an independent watchdog that oversees and investigates the elected officials and highest level employees of the City of Los Angeles, including the Mayor and City Council. He held that position until becoming a trial lawyer for the people.

Neama has extensive trial experience. He has led teams of more than 170 attorneys in litigation against the largest companies in the world. Neama has successfully tried dozens of cases to verdict as lead trial counsel, and has argued before both state and federal appeals courts. Over the course of his career, Neama has handled thousands of cases as attorney of record and has helped his clients obtain more than $1 billion in settlements and judgments.