What’s Next Move LA

Move LA has built its success and reputation by addressing LA County’s need for a modern and efficient transit system, primarily—but not only—by qualifying ballot measures and campaigning to win. But our community has other complex challenges, including the crisis of homelessness, the need for affordable housing, and the challenge of our air pollution and impending climate crisis. Our skills, experience, and coalition relationships have prompted us to seek solutions to each.

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    Rebuilding Transit Ridership and Expanding Transit Infrastructure 

    Our vision is to provide abundant, reliable and affordable multi-modal transportation options, particularly for those who are most vulnerable and those who are transit dependent. Californians must reduce car usage (VMT) by 25% below 2019 levels by 2030 and this is how we can do it . . .

    • Ensure service remains at current levels and is able to expand by hiring enough operators and maintenance staff to operate the system. This includes funding from the State to ensure public transportation operations is not cut due to the fiscal cliff facing transit agencies across the State (known as “Survive and Thrive”).

    • Accelerating promised transit projects so that they are on time and on budget. Sustainable funding can address the operator shortage, which hinders high-quality, frequent service goals.

    • Redirecting FHWA highway funds to prioritize bus, rail, and active transportation projects that improve speed, reliability, and accessibility to better meet the needs of riders, especially BIPOC and low-income riders, students, seniors, and people with disabilities.

    • Partnering with ClimatePlan to develop a statewide Executive Order on reducing VMT by prioritizing the

    • Climate Action Plan for Transportation Infrastructure (CAPTI) and road pricing that equitably prioritizes VMT reductions.

    • Funding and siting more bus shelters to improve bus riders’ customer experience and climate resiliency in Equity-focused communities.

    • Funding a statewide California Student Transit Pass Pilot Program in the California State Budget so that every public school student--K-12, community college, and university--can travel on public transit for free. These programs have immediate, measurable, and lasting impacts on VMT by creating the next generation of transit riders.

    • Working with our partner at the South LA Promise Zone (SLATE-Z) to fix street safety so that residents can access vital public infrastructure projects, including the Rail-to-Rail Active Transportation Corridor, Destination Crenshaw, the Florance Ave. Bus Lanes, and other non-automotive transit routes.

    Fund higher speed and electrified regional rail, specifically Metrolink, which provides an alternative to ‘super-commuters,’ the best return on investment for reducing VMT. This will likely take a ballot measure in the South Coast region to fund capital and operations for our regional rail system.

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    Championing Robust Affordable Housing Near High-Quality Transit

    The rising cost of housing has made living near work, schools, medical care, grocery stores and places that offer other necessities increasingly difficult for very-low, low- and moderate-income families. We will . . .

    • Implementing Measure ULA to keep people housed with subsidies for veterans and seniors on fixed incomes, tenant rights protections, and the production of affordable housing, social housing, and community land trusts.

    • Support policies and funding for the development of mixed-income, mixed-use, moderate-density affordable housing with pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure and frequent bus service.

    • Developing policies at LA Metro to allocate housing on Metro-owned property for operators, maintenance workers, and mechanics to live near their job site

  • Clean Air with Zero-Emission Goods Movement and High-Road Jobs 

    We must end the reign of diesel that sickens and sometimes even kills residents along goods movement corridors.
    We will aid this effort by . . .

    Supporting policies and funding to clean the air at our ports and airports by accelerating deployment
    of green hydrogen-powered and electric-powered heavy-duty trucks, locomotives, airplanes, ocean-going vessels, and port equipment, which will also employ thousands with good union jobs that support families. Accomplishing this may require a regional ballot measure.
    Bring together the labor movement and environmental justice organizations around solutions
    that lead to deep decarbonization while not leaving unionized workers behind.

  • Ensuring Permanent and Equitable Infrastructure for the 2028 Olympics

    Los Angeles - the land of freeways, home to "car culture," and soon-to-be host to our third Olympiad. Our initiative would beta-test a new kind of street, a linear festival that celebrates the unique neighborhoods of LA, its culture, and its people where moving through the region produces zero-carbon, and the experience is as interesting as the destination. The "Festival Trail" is part transit corridor, watch party, performance venue, job creator...a platform for cultural expression and a gift to Angelenos long after the 2028 Games are over.

    • Leverage the Olympics in Los Angeles in 2028 to integrate housing and permanent transportation investment in local communities, and not just for the benefit of tourists and athletes, so LA can mitigate climate change’s impacts.