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.