The complete streets movement continues to gain momentum around the world and here at home in Los Angeles. Alongside People St, Great Streets Initiative, and Vision Zero, the Figueroa Corridor Streetscape Project, aka MyFigueroa, aims to create vibrant, safe streets across our city.
After 6 years of careful planning and overcoming obstacles, MyFigueroa will transform the car-centric Figueroa Corridor into a complete street that serves people who walk, ride bicycles, take public transit, and drive. MyFigueroa will improve safety and encourage access to multimodal transportation options through a number of streetscape elements:
- On-street protected bike lanes
- Bike parking
- Improved signage and signalization
- High-visibility crosswalks
- Enhanced street lighting
- Transit platforms
- Trees and landscaping
- Public art
The project area covers four miles of streets from downtown to LA Memorial Coliseum. Improvements will be different along the corridor, depending on the transportation needs of the area.
Figueroa Street from 7th Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
- On-street protected bike lanes
- Separate bike signal heads
- Bike boxes at intersections
- Demarcated on-street protected bicycle lanes in conflict zones
- Bicycle Wrong Way signs to discourage travel in the non-intended direction
- Bus platforms to accommodate transit service, including Metro and LADOT DASH F Line
- Curb ramps from the sidewalk to ADA accessible bus platforms
- Protected, painted on-street buffered bicycle lanes
- Relocated parking between the bicycle lane and first lane of traffic
- Diamond lane for on-peak Silver Line
- Center turn lane and right turn pockets as needed
11th Street from Figueroa Street to Broadway
- On-street parking that is protected with curb extensions at intersections
- One-way westbound bicycle facility, separated from moving traffic by a painted buffer
- Expanded sidewalks
- Seating and planting on sidewalks
- Pedestrian and bicycle connections to downtown, neighborhoods, and local businesses
Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard from Figueroa Street to Vermont Avenue
- Repaired sidewalk paving
- Street lighting
- Improved transit waiting areas
- Highly visible crosswalk striping
The $20 million Figueroa Corridor Streetscape Project is managed by LADOT and funded by a Proposition 1C grant. Proposition 1c funding aims to make streets, sidewalks, and transit more accessible for affordable housing residents.
During construction, which is set to begin in Summer 2016, there are many alternative ways for people to get around. Check out this great map showing where construction will take place and alternate ways to get around in the meantime.
MyFigueroa’s Let’s Fig it Out! campaign educates Figueroa users how to figure out (get it?) how to get around during construction. You can become familiar with the alternate routes and public transit lines now so that the transition is easier when the construction begins.
To communicate the upcoming construction and improvements to the public, MyFigueroa has worked with LADOT, Figueroa Corridor BID, USC Athletics, USC Transportation, and Metro. Promotional stored-value Metro TAP cards that display Let’s Fig it Out! and MyFigueroa logos will be given out for free and for sale at special events in the corridor area. Street pole banners along Figueroa advertise the upcoming construction and improvements in order to provide visibility of the project to people who travel the corridor.
A number of innovative partners have collaborated on the Figueroa Corridor Streetscape Project, and from the start, community members, organizations, and business improvement districts have shaped the planning and design process.
As a project designed to encourage access to multimodal transportation, MyFigueroa will continue to refine how we conceptualize streets in Los Angeles. The completion date of March 2017 can’t come soon enough!