Monday, 14 February 2011

Electric Vehicle (EV) Primer for Local Governments

The UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation is currently working on two EV-Related research projects that will add new knowledge to the challenge local governments face in integrating electric vehicles.  More electric vehicles will be sold in 2011 than ever before, and many cities and counties have questions about how electric vehicles will integrate into their existing built environment. At this page, you'll find introductory information and links to our memos and outside resources that will help you understand the opportunities and challenges of electric vehicle integration in your city.   More at luskin.ucla.edu 

Friday, 4 February 2011

Change in transit commuting for areas around some LA Metro stations, 2000 to 2005-2009

I was interested in finding change in transit ridership between 2000 and the 2005 to 2009 period captured in the American Community Survey, so I mapped the ACS2009 5-Year data and Census 2000 data at the block group level, then joined it with station areas, using area-weighted allocation for any block groups only partially within a 1/2 mile radius area.

We have a lot of data that is currently being used in research projects, but I wanted to share some of the findings below.

Which station areas experienced the highest growth in total number of transit commuters?

RED/PURPLE - WESTLAKE / MACARTHUR PARK
2530.5
RED/PURPLE - WILSHIRE / VERMONT
1784.8
PURPLE - WILSHIRE / NORMANDIE
1711.1
RED - VERMONT / SANTA MONICA
1172.4
RED - VERMONT / SUNSET
743.3
RED - HOLLYWOOD / WESTERN
610.5
RED - VERMONT / BEVERLY
601.1
BLUE - ANAHEIM
461.4
ORANGE - RESEDA STATION
431.4
ORANGE - VAN NUYS STATION
297.6
bold denotes a new station

Which station areas experienced the greatest growth in the percentage of workers who commuted on transit?
GREEN - I-105 / AVIATION
8.24%
BLUE - WILLOW
6.19%
GOLD - S WEST MUSEUM / FIGUEROA
5.95%
GOLD - ALLEN AVE
5.62%
RED - VERMONT / SUNSET
4.23%
ORANGE - DE SOTO STATION
4.12%
GREEN - I-105 / AVALON
4.09%
GOLD - MISSION ST
4.05%
GREEN - NASH / MARIPOSA
3.92%
GOLD - HOLLY ST
3.57%
bold denotes a new station

Many of the green line stations in the second table have very few workers in the area, so the numbers are skewed. For instance, the I-105/Aviation station only had 800 workers within 1/2 mile, and 40 of them took transit.

Obviously the new Gold and Orange lines would be expected to create new transit commuters, since they opened in between the two Census surveys.  I think the big success story is the Vermont and Sunset station, which added 743 transit commuters and 2,023 workers between 2000 and 2005-2009.  This likely indicates that many people moved to the Vermont/Sunset station area specifically because they wanted to take transit to work.

What do you think?

Thursday, 3 February 2011

California Office of Planning & Research offers SB 375 Flow Charts

The Governor's Office of Planning and Research is offering a preliminary flow chart that will help navigate a project's CEQA implications after a region updates its Regional Transportation Plan along with a Sustainable Communities Strategy or Alternative Planning Strategy.  As a reminder, regions around the state must demonstrate their ability to meet per capita transportation GHG targets when they next update their RTPs:

MPO                Expected Update
SANDAG            Oct. 2011
SACOG              Dec. 2011
SCAG                 May 2012
Tahoe RPA          Oct. 2012
Butte CAG           Dec. 2012
MTC                   April 2013
Santa Barbara      Aug. 2013

Regions which fail to receive's ARB approval for their GHG reduction strategies will sacrifice CEQA streamlining and exemptions that will reduce the monetary costs of transit oriented infill development.