The City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT)hereby submits its 06-07 Annual Report
in compliance with Los Angeles Administrative Code Section 216.
This report is an overview of the Department’s progress in its major areas of responsibility and reflects
major work accomplished, significant program changes, and/or financial transactions and trends. The
Department appreciates this opportunity to showcase its work and to share how we continue to
enhance the quality of life for Los Angeles' residents, visitors, and businesses.
The mission of the Department of Transportation is to deliver safe, reliable, and accessible
transportation services that enhance mobility, the quality of life, and the economic health of the City of
The Department of Transportation is responsible for the development of plans to meet the ground
transportation needs of the traveling public and commerce, with centralized authority over the
conceptual planning and operation of the City's streets and highways. The Department provides for the
installation and maintenance of traffic signs, signals, parking meters, pavement markings, street name
signs, and other control devices; enforcement of parking regulations and removal of abandoned
vehicles from public streets; acquisition, development and operation of off-street parking facilities,
regulation of privately-owned public utilities, the overview, control and operation of intra-community
transit activities and grant funded ground transportation projects, and the review and regulation of
taxicabs and ambulances, including enforcement of franchise provisions. In addition, the Department
provides crossing guards near schools and support services for special events.
There are two Commissions that assist and support the Department's work. The Board of
Transportation Commissioners, comprised of seven members, and the Board of Taxicab
Commissioners, comprised of five members. Members of both Commissions are appointed by the
Mayor and confirmed by the City Council.
BOARD OF TRANSPORTATION COMMISSIONERS
Paul Kim, President (appointed September 16, 2005)
Helen Mars, Vice President (appointed December 21, 2005)
Andrea A. Alarcon (appointed March 22, 2006)
John Frierson (appointed September 17, 2002)
Angela Reddock (appointed October 7, 2003)
David Malcolm Carson (appointed November 2, 2005)
George E. Moss (appointed December 19, 2005)
The Board advises the General Manager on matters relating to the use of public streets for travel,
including parking or the use of vehicles thereon. The Commission is authorized to forward ordinances
pertaining to traffic to the Council for adoption, to conduct hearings on matters within its jurisdiction, and
to advise the General Manager as to their findings. The Board has the authority to investigate all
privately owned public utilities (except taxicab utilities) in the City, and establishes policies for their
operation, as well as recommendation for public utility franchises granted by the City. The Board is
responsible for the Special Parking Revenue Fund.
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BOARD OF TAXICAB COMMISSIONERS
Joseph A. Czyzyk, President (appointed November 5, 2003)
Portia Collins, Vice President (appointed April 2, 2002)
Teri Bialosky (appointed September 28, 2005)
Bruce G. Iwasaki (appointed March 17, 2006)
Sergio J. Siderman (appointed December 21, 2005)
The Board has the authority to investigate privately owned taxicab utilities in the City and to establish
and prescribe by resolution regulations providing for the operation, quality of service, rates to be
charged, and the extensions to be required of any taxicab utility. The Board investigates complaints
against the service or charges of taxicab utilities and makes recommendations to the City Council on
the granting of taxicab franchise applications. The Board generally serves in an advisory capacity to
the General Manager.
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General Manager Gloria J. Jeff
Assistant General Manager John Fisher
Office of Transportation Operations
Bureau of Metro Operations Glenn Ogura
Bureau of Valley Operations Alan Willis
Bureau of Transportation Design Sean Skehan
Bureau of Field Operations Zaki Mustafa
Assistant General Manager Vacant
Office of Transportation Development
Bureau of Planning and Land Use Jay Kim (Acting Bureau Head)
Bureau of Capital Programming Haripal Vir
Bureau of Transit Services James Lefton
Assistant General Manager Iris Ingram (Appointed December 12, 2006)
Office of Finance and Administration
Bureau of Budget and Administration Selwyn Hollins
Bureau of Information Systems Deborah Wittwer
Bureau of Personnel Services Stephen Bickel
Bureau of Accounting Guido Marucut
Audit and Investigation Unit Nelson Vinson
Assistant General Manager Amir Sedadi (as of November 26, 2006)
Office of Regulatory Services
Bureau of Parking Enforcement Jimmy Price
and Traffic Control
Bureau of Franchise Regulations and Parking Robert Andalon
Office of the General Manager
The Public Information Director position, reporting directly to the General Manager, was established this
fiscal year. The Director serves as principle spokesperson for the Department, provides a centralized
point of contact for the media, and conducts community outreach activities. The primary function of the
position is to inform the public about the Department's major projects and programs. In addition, the
Director serves as principal spokesperson for the Department during power outages, emergency Traffic
Officer deployments, and other LADOT emergency responses and is the Department's representative
on various disaster preparedness teams. The Director also provides talking points and power point
presentations for LADOT management staff.
During FY 06-07, the Director developed a media policy for release on information on public officials
regarding parking citations, coordinated several television news program/cable program tapings, and
produced an average of two LADOT press releases to the general news media per month.
In the area of community outreach, the Director researched and produced a 24-page booklet of Los
Angeles' statistics and mobility facts, coordinated the re-design of the Department's website, and
worked with the Department's contractor on branding and public information activities.
The Public Information Director position allows LADOT to respond to media inquiries in a cohesive,
effective manner, enhances the quality and level of public outreach, and affords LADOT the opportunity
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to provide the general public with improved access to information about transportation and transit
Office of Finance and Administration
The Office of Finance and Administration engages in budget preparation and administration, contracts
and grants administration, traffic records maintenance, information systems management, personnel
administration, employee relations, training, affirmative action, risk management, general and special
fund accounting activities, auditing, revenue collection and monitoring for parking operations (citations,
meters, and lots), and purchasing and procurement activities for the Department.
An Assistant General Manager, who reports to the General Manager, heads the office. The Assistant
General Manager directs the activities of four bureaus and one division, as described in this section.
Bureau of Accounting
The Bureau ensures that all accounting transactions and adjustments are accurate and in accordance
with governing authorizations and in compliance with all Government Accounting Standards Board
(GASB), reporting requirements, specifically GASB 34.
The Bureau also maintains and supports the City’s Financial Management Information System (FMIS),
Accounting Integrated Reporting System (AIRS), Cityride’s Teleform system and other financial
information systems used by the Bureau.
Some of the significant accomplishments of the Bureau during FY 06-07 include:
• Fees for bounced checks were increased from $10 per transaction to $35 per transaction.
• Reorganized billing and collections to expedite billing and collection of General Fund revenues.
• Devised and facilitated preparation of General Fund budget reporting system using Merlin.
• Updated special events billing procedures.
• Coordinated with MTA and Project Managers in securing funding approvals for Prop A and Prop
C Calls for Projects.
• Complied with audits of special funds performed by external auditors, as required by grantors,
with no major findings.
• Establishment of current equipment rates and the ability to revise every period.
Division of Audit and Investigation
The Bureau of Audit and Investigation (BAI) is responsible for performing both external and internal
audits. External audits include the compliance audit of grant funds from Proposition A, Proposition C
and Transportation Grant monies consisting of 217 projects with sub-recipients for approximately $278
million annually. BAI audits the City’s parking facilities consisting of 106 off-street parking and
approximately 40,000 parking meters, with estimated revenues of $39 million annually. BAI also audits
the parking meter revenue contractor that collects parking citation revenue on behalf of the Department.
The parking citation program generates annual revenues of $157 million. In addition, BAI audits
franchise payments made by franchisees, which includes two railroad companies, 46 gas, oil & electric
pipeline firms, and nine taxicab companies with a budgeted revenue of $32 million, as well as
conducting internal financial and performance audits on Payroll ($88 million budgeted expenditure),
Cash, Petty Cash, Parking Meter Collections, and Parking Meter Shop.
Significant accomplishments during FY 06-07 included:
• Uncovered fraudulent activities in the Hollywood-Highland Parking facilities that resulted in an
assessment and collection of $183,126 and an increase in revenue exceeding $900,000.
• Assessed and collected $142,000 from CDS Net and Affiliated Computer Services (ACS) for
• Billed Southern California Edison for underpayment of franchise fees in the amount of
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• Assessed First Transit DASH $745,000 for over billing of Downtown Routes A,B,C,D,E,F, Holly
Trolley, City Hall Shuttle, and Venice Beach.
Bureau of Budget and Administration
Bureau of Budget and Administration staff prepares, oversees and administers the Department’s
annual operating and capital budget, procures materials, provides facility management services, and
prepares special studies as directed. The Bureau oversees the mail, master file and document
reproduction, and manages the general administrative operations of the Department.
The Bureau is responsible for the custody and dissemination of the Department’s traffic records, which
are provided to the City Attorney and the public on request. It conducts the extensive research needed
in response to queries from the City Attorney relating to traffic incidents.
The Bureau is also responsible for the collection of parking meter revenue from the Department’s
40,000 parking meters and off-street parking lots. Additionally, the Bureau monitors the integrity of the
revenue collection and conducts field surveillance to prevent meter theft, vandalism and/or fraud.
The Bureau’s significant accomplishments during FY 06-07 included the following:
• New Materials and Supply System - Implemented an automated system for processing
employee requests for materials and supplies, which replaced a labor-intensive paper process.
The new system allows users to order materials on-line, check the status of orders, and view
various activity reports. The system was designed by in-house staff and has increased
• Employee Health & Safety Fairs - Hosted employee wellness fairs at various work locations to
promote personal health and safety. The fairs were held in April and May 2007 and consisted of
more than 40 professional organizations with informational materials and free health screenings.
The fairs focused on content relevant to the work environment to reduce occupational injuries
• LADOT Business Mixer - Organized a corporate mixer to introduce LADOT prime contractors to
small and local businesses in September 2006. The event was designed to
facilitate professional networking in an effort to foster future business relations and sub-
contracting opportunities. Approximately 30 prime contractors and local government agencies
staffed information tables, and 300 guests attended.
• Upgrades to Communication Networks - Coordinated the upgrade of information systems at six
maintenance yards that lacked or had deficient connectivity to the City’s Wide Area Network.
The upgrades included the installation of fiber optic infrastructures and high-speed Internet lines
to provide improved connectivity, faster network response times, and greater system reliability.
• Relocation of Transit and Franchise - Coordinated the relocation of 82 employees of the
Bureaus of Franchise Regulations and Transit Services from 221 N. Figueroa Street to the
LADOT headquarters at 100 S. Main Street. As part of the relocation, the work areas at the
headquarters building were reconfigured to maximize space utilization and accommodate the
additional staff within existing lease space. The centralization of office staff in the civic center
area enhances internal communications and service delivery.
• Overtime Tracking System - Implemented a new automated system that generates reports to
more closely monitor overtime. The system links directly to the City's Financial Management
Information System (FMIS), which provides managers with the most current and accurate
overtime data available by pay period. Managers can view standard reports on overtime usage
as well as generate custom reports based on employee names, bureaus, divisions, dates, and
work order numbers. Additionally, special monthly reports are provided to executives that
summarize labor hours and costs for each work bureau and division. The reports include both
regular and overtime labor and show the ratio of total labor that is performed on overtime. The
ratios are extremely beneficial as indicators of overtime levels, which brings into focus work
areas that may need greater management attention.
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The Bureau of Information Services is responsible for directing, coordinating, and supporting all of the
Department information systems activities. The Bureau develops and maintains computer-based
information systems and provides data required by engineers for their analysis and design work. The
Bureau provides end user Help Desk services to all Department employees along with acquiring and
maintaining all desktop computer hardware, servers, software, and networks to support LADOT
activities. The Bureau has a team dedicated to managing the handheld ticket writer operation and
providing information systems support to the Department’s parking management and enforcement
functions. Dedicated technical support is also provided for the ATSAC Operations Division and facility
management for the ATSAC Traffic Management Center.
The Bureau’s significant accomplishments during FY 2006-07 included the following:
• Implemented the Performance Reporting and Dashboard System, which provides performance
management dashboards for capital projects, signal operations improvements, bottleneck
investigation projects and the progress of LED installation.
• Prepared the functional requirements, design, and statement of work for implementing the Citywide
Service Request System for use by the District Offices to enter and track the status of service
requests. This will replace the Request Logging and Tracking System.
• Completed three major project milestones for the Traffic Asset Management System: converted
DOT’s legacy sign and curb zone data, developed the Activity Work Flows for the installation of
signs and curb zones, and designed and developed standard reports.
• Implemented a Council Action Tracking System for use by the General Manager's office to track
reports to Council and its Committees.
• Designed and developed a constituent complaint tracking module for the Taxi and Franchise
Information System (TAFIS).
• Provided GIS support and maps for transportation improvement, anti-grid lock, and parking
• Coordinated the installation of a new data communications network and desktop computers for the
Parking Enforcement Area Offices.
• Participated in the implementation of new handheld ticket writers for the Traffic Officers.
• Provided technical support for the NexGen electronic parking meter locks and the Meter Collections
• Modified the ATSAC video wall to operate at peak efficiency. Malfunctioning units as well as those
operating in a degraded manner were repaired. A new signal booster was installed to improve City
cable reception. The projectors were adjusted for improved performance in the display of closed
circuit video and graphics that are used by transportation operations engineers for Citywide traffic
• Expanded the ATSAC Graphics system to reflect upgrades and changes made in the field. New
and modified ATSAC graphics screens were generated to reflect additional left turn and dedicated
bus lane striping and phasing as new and modified locations were made operational in the field.
• Installed ATSAC client software and 2070 traffic signal controller software on workstations at the
Western, Central and Valley yard locations.
• Provided support for the re-configuration of the ATSAC data communications network to allow
direct remote access for the ATSAR ATCS Development team and to improve overall citywide
Bureau of Personnel Services
The Bureau of Personnel Services is responsible for conducting all the activities involved in providing a
comprehensive personnel management program to Department management and employees. In
carrying out those responsibilities, Bureau staff is engaged in directing and coordinating the employee
recruitment and selection process for filling the Department’s vacant positions, entry level as well as
promotional. A key aspect of this activity is working closely with the City’s Personnel Department in the
creation and administration of the competitive civil service examinations from which appointments are
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Bureau staff is responsible for advising Department management as to the appropriate action to be
taken relative to employee grievances and disciplinary action and serving as the Department’s
representative and advocate in grievance arbitration and disciplinary appeal hearings. Additionally,
Bureau staff represents Department management in the collective bargaining process with unions
representing Department employees. Further, staff is responsible for investigating employee claims of
discrimination and/or sexual harassment and making appropriate recommendations to Department
management based on the results of such investigations.
Working with the City’s Personnel Department and Department supervisors and managers, Bureau
staff tracks and monitors employees who are injured on duty and subject to the City’s Workers’
Compensation procedures and require evaluation for reasonable accommodation if permanent work
restrictions result from a workplace injury.
Finally, the Bureau is responsible for coordinating employee training, development, and employee
safety activities, maintaining all employee records, and coordinating and properly documenting all
The Bureau filled 379 positions in Fiscal Year 2006-07 through original appointments, promotions, and
transfers, including the hiring of 25 new Traffic Officers, two new Assistant General Managers, and a
Public Information Director. Several positions were reallocated to different classifications to ensure that
the most appropriate skill sets are being utilized within the Department. Bureau staff also worked with
the Personnel Department and an executive recruiting firm in the development of recruiting materials
used to solicit candidates for a third Assistant General Manager position that became vacant late in
Fiscal Year 2005-06.
The Bureau staff reviewed and made recommendations to Department management on 25 disciplinary
actions, completed investigations into four discrimination complaints filed by Department employees,
and provided guidance to Department managers and supervisors on 41 grievances filed by Department
employees. Additionally, Bureau staff arranged for and/or coordinated training opportunities for 867
employees during the fiscal year. Employee training was provided through programs conducted by the
City’s Personnel Department, interactive web seminars conducted by professional organizations, as
well as training programs conducted by private vendors.
Office of Transportation Operations
The Office of Transportation Operations is responsible for investigating, authorizing, designing,
constructing, installing, operating, evaluating, modifying, and maintaining all varieties of traffic control
signals, signs, and pavement markings on streets and curbs throughout the City. The Office is
overseen by an Assistant General Manager, who oversees four Bureaus and reports directly to the
Bureau of Transportation Design and ATSAC
The Bureau's ATSAC Construction Section worked on the following projects:
• Ronald Reagan Freeway Corridor ATSAC
• San Diego Freeway Corridor Phase II ATSAC
• Western Ave/Santa Monica Blvd TPS
• Exposition Park ATCS
• Central Avenue ATSAC/Lankershim Boulevard TPS
• Mid-Wilshire ATSAC
• Westchester ATCS
• Hollywood/Pasadena/Fairfax/Hawthorne TPS
• Orange Line Photo Enforcement
• Reseda Boulevard TPS
• Metro Main Street Bus Shelter Security Lighting
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The ATSAC Construction Section managed over $13 million of ATSAC construction work
completed by contract.
The ATSAC/TPS Design Section worked on the following projects:
• Eagle Rock ATSAC
• Golden State Freeway Corridor Phase 1 ATSAC
• Golden State Freeway Corridor Phase 2 ATSAC
• North Hollywood Phase 1 ATSAC
• San Fernando/Lankershim ATSAC
• Hyde Park West ATSAC System
• Hyde Park East ATSAC System
• Harbor-Gateway 1 ATSAC/Central Avenue TPS
The ATSAC/TPS Design Section completed 235 approved signal design plans, and over 12 miles
of interconnect design.
The Design Division worked on the following projects:
• Exposition Light Rail
• Eastside Light Rail Extension
• Orange Line Photo Enforcement
• Valley Blvd Grade Separation
• Sepulveda Boulevard Widening between Howard Hughes Parkway and Westchester Parkway
• Burbank Boulevard Widening between Sepulveda Boulevard and San Diego Freeway
• Overland Avenue Bridge Widening
• Los Angeles Street Widening over the 101 Freeway
• Traffic signal improvements at various railroad crossings
The Design Division approved 313 striping plans along 100 miles of streets and 463 traffic signal plans
throughout the City.
The ATSAC Operations Division was engaged in several key projects:
• Operation Bottleneck Relief – Staff completed the evaluation of 60 bottleneck locations citywide.
As a result, the operation of 32 intersections was significantly improved through traffic signal
• Transit Priority Systems
1. Pico TPS – Staff completed 45 timing plans for this TPS project.
2. Lankershim TPS – Staff completed 11 timing plans for this TPS project. It is currently
3. Reseda TPS – A total of 25 signals were brought on-line in February, 2007. This system
runs along Reseda Boulevard, which is a major north-south arterial in the San Fernando
• Adaptive Traffic Control System (ATCS) Projects –
1. Westchester ATCS - 35 timing plans were prepared for this project.
2. Mid-Wilshire ATCS – Staff has completed timing plans for 71 out of a total of 87
locations. The project is currently under construction.
3. Exposition ATCS – Staff completed the remaining six timing plans for this project. A
total of 76 signals were brought on-line in July of last year.
• Major Projects
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1. Franklin and Highland Project – Several temporary timing and two final timing plans
were completed for this project. One of the final plans was implemented at Hollywood
2. Eastside Light Rail Project – A total of nine temporary timing plans were prepared for
this project. Staff continues to monitor traffic along the corridor.
Arterial Priority Study – Staff completed the evaluation of the following eight (8) major arterials,
which resulted in improved progression along the arterials:
• Western Avenue
• Reseda Blvd
• Pacific Coast Hwy
• Van Nuys Blvd
• Gaffey St
• Normandie Ave
• La Brea Ave
• Alvarado St
• Santa Monica Blvd Transit Parkway Project – A total of 12 final-restoration signals were brought
on-line in October 2006. This 2.5 mile project improves the vehicular level of services and bus
transit operations between I-405 on the west and the Beverly Hills City Limit on the east.
• Departmental Modifications and Private Development Projects – Staff prepared a total of 157
timing plans for Departmental modification and private development projects.
• Special Events/Major Projects - Staff managed the ATSAC Center for special events and/or
major projects based on the needs of the Traffic Action Team, Major Construction Group, and
ATSAC Construction Group. Some of the major special events and projects include the
Immigration March/Rally, Academy Award, BET Award, Cinco De Mayo, Memorial Day Parade,
Triathlon Event, LA Marathon, ESPY Award and Santa Monica Transitway Project.
Bureau of Field Operations
The following key activities were accomplished by the Bureau during Fiscal Year 2006-07:
$ Implementation of a five-year LED (Light Emitting Diode) conversion program was launched on
July 1, 2006; actual retrofitting program began August 1, 2006. The program reduces traffic
signal energy consumption by over 90 percent. For year one of the five-year retrofit program, all
895 signalized intersections scheduled for conversion during FY 2006-07 were converted on
$ Traffic signal construction by LADOT crews put forth an all-out effort during the final quarter of
FY 2006-07 to complete and activate 17 locations to enable Red Light Photo Enforcement, in
coordination with the Police Department and their contractor.
$ Traffic signal construction was completed for five new signals, two “speed feedback” signs, 17
new pedestrian flash warning devices, 17 photo red-light intersections, eight left-turn arrows,
and minor signal modifications at 61 locations. In addition to these 110 locations, the
construction crews worked on 20 non-programmed modifications.
$ Traffic Signal Repair crews responded to 13,363 signal trouble calls; Traffic Signal Construction
crews responded to 1,243 traffic signal “wrecks” City-wide, replacing equipment on an
emergency basis and restoring signal operations following traffic accidents.
$ Traffic Signal staff responsible for investigating Underground Service Alert (USA) “ticket” notices
responded to 7,143 locations City-wide, marking out underground traffic signal conduits in
advance of road work.
$ Sign crews installed and maintained 116,414 traffic signs throughout the City.
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$ In support of the Mayor's Tiger Team Program, Traffic Sign crews completed the installation of
“Anti-Gridlock” plate signs and the maintenance of all traffic signs for the following major streets:
$ Vermont Avenue
$ Wilshire Boulevard
$ Sunset Boulevard
$ Manchester Avenue
$ Ventura Boulevard.
$ Central Yard Traffic Signal and Paint & Sign crews completed the one-way conversion of 76th
Street between Main Street and Broadway. The work involved the one-way conversion of 76th
Street to provide angle parking to support much needed parking for LAPD’s 77th Division
Station. The traffic signal at 76th Street and Main Street was also modified in conjunction with
the one-way street operation.
$ The Avenue 19 Temporary Sign Division received 18,886 orders, installed 208,257 signs, and
removed 152,371 signs throughout the City. The number of non-recoverable signs is 55,886,
for a loss rate of about 27%.
$ Citywide Striping crews marked out and installed 819 machine miles of thermoplastic long-line
striping for the Street Resurfacing Program including maintenance of numerous major streets
$ Paint crews installed 729 miles of red curb.
$ Assisted production companies in 119 movie and commercial filming projects.
$ “B”-Permit inspectors monitored the implementation of traffic control improvements related to
private developments for 229 projects.
Bureau of Metro Operations
• The four District Offices received 13,459 requests for traffic investigations from the public,
Council Offices, the Mayor’s Office, and other agencies and completed 12,994 investigations.
• Staff prepared 466 new Pedestrian Routes to Schools maps for primary, elementary and middle
schools, in partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District.
• A comprehensive study of traffic and parking conditions was conducted in the Lower Baldwin
Hills area. The study included a review of current traffic circulation and traffic volumes and an
assessment of available parking.
• A traffic safety study was conducted around Crenshaw High School to determine what
improvements could be made to improve the safety for students attending this high school. A
pedestrian warning device will be designed and constructed and striping will be modified to
improve pedestrian safety.
• Construction began on a long-awaited left-turn lane for southbound Highland Avenue at Wilshire
Boulevard. The Department was the lead in coordinating the project with the Bureau of Street
Services (reconstruct median island) and Councilmember LaBonge. The left-turn lane and left-
turn arrow will improve traffic safety and circulation and will reduce unwanted commuter traffic in
the residential area to the south.
• Staff works in a partnership with the Police Department for the City’s Automated Photo Red
Light Enforcement Program.
• A total of 364 requests for speed humps were received and investigated.
• A total of 463 speed humps were installed at 214 locations.
• Three Neighborhood Traffic Management plans were prepared.
• Three traffic circles were installed in two different areas.
• As part of a program to update signage to State standards, 164 schools on arterial streets were
inspected and new signs were installed.
• One traffic signal and eight Smart Pedestrian Warning Devices were constructed as part of the
Statewide Safe Routes to School Program.
• Three Smart Pedestrian Warning Devices were constructed through the State funded
Transportation Development Act.
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Bureau of Valley Operations
• Overnight Parking Program Rules and Procedures were developed to address problems
associated with the overnight parking of vehicles. Eleven of the 18 Districts adopted by the City
Council were implemented in FY 06-07.
• Three new Preferential Parking Districts were established (Melrose Hill, Whitley Heights, and Citrus
• Ten new Temporary Preferential Parking Districts (TPPDs) were established.
• Forty existing TPPDs were renewed.
• Traffic management plans for approximately 283 planned special events and unplanned
incidents/emergencies were developed and implemented.
• Responded to 52 First Amendment marches and demonstrations related to anti-war and
immigration issues. This is a significant increase over the annual average of 12 marches and
demonstrations in prior years.
• The route of the Los Angeles Marathon was modified significantly to begin and end at two different
locations. The new course, running from the San Fernando Valley to Downtown, required the
closure of 30 freeway off-ramps (compared to 10 the previous year) and the deployment of over 90
engineers, 40 field personnel and over 400 Traffic Officers.
• Participated in the planning and implementation of an evacuation of 500 residences in the Oaks
neighborhood located north of Los Feliz Boulevard and west of Griffith Park during a staged Los
Angeles Fire Department emergency preparedness exercise.
• Staff completed a comprehensive field evaluation of the latest model single-space parking meters.
One hundred meter mechanisms from each of three major meter manufacturers were sequentially
evaluated, revealing that more reliable, vandal-resistant meters can improve revenue by up to 25
percent and cut downtime by as much as 75 percent.
• A Request for Information (RFI) was conducted, formally soliciting information on parking meter
technology that has the potential to increase revenues and improve customer convenience.
• Presented a report outlining a new Parking Technology Program to the Transportation Committee.
This Program will replace all 40,000 of the City's existing parking meters over the next five years
with new technology that will greatly enhance customer convenience, improve accountability, and
encourage parking turnover. The City Council approved LADOT's strategy on May 30, 2007.
• Launched a three-month wireless meter communication pilot project in the Toy District of
Downtown, employing ultra-low-power wireless mesh networking technology to link 101 single-
space parking meters and deliver real-time operability data, including paid status, meter failures,
and coin counts.
East Valley and West Valley District Operations
• The two District offices in the Valley Operations Bureau received 8,506 service requests and
completed 8,734 service requests, lowering the total backlog of requests in the two offices by 228
requests, or approximately 27 percent.
• Staff reviewed and processed a total of 4,132 lane and street closure requests associated with film
permits – a 50 percent increase over the previous year.
• Staff reviewed and approved staged worksite traffic control plans and temporary traffic signal plans
and provided engineering support for the Eastside Gold Line Extension project, the Mid-
City/Exposition Light Rail Transit project, the Santa Monica Boulevard Transit Parkway project and
large Bureau of Engineering Wastewater projects.
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Office of Transportation Development
The Office of Transportation Development is responsible for providing the overall planning of current
and future traffic and transportation, developing and providing transit programs and services, securing
funding for projects, and development review. The Office is comprised of three Bureaus overseen by
an Assistant General Manager, who reports directly to the General Manager. The Assistant General
Manager position overseeing this Office was vacant from July 18, 2006 through June 30, 2007.
Advanced Transportation Management Systems Division (ATMS)
Transit Priority System (TPS) Design and Implementation
The Division successfully implemented three new TPS routes, bringing the total number of TPS routes
to 18 corridors:
• Reseda Boulevard
• Santa Monica Boulevard
• Long Beach-Santa Fe Avenue
The Division also completed TPS signal design plans for six new TPS routes:
• West Olympic
• Pico Boulevard
• San Fernando South
• Torrance-Long Beach Metro Rapid routes.
Transit Priority Systems for Other Agencies
• Provided technical support to the County of Los Angles in completing TPS at 16 intersections
along Whittier Boulevard.
• Provided technical support to the City of Beverly Hills at 18 intersections along Wilshire
Boulevard to enhance Metro Rapid Line 720 service.
• Assisted the Cities of Glendale, Pasadena and Culver City in planning their signal priority
systems for future interface with LADOT’s TPS.
Metro Orange Line
• Successfully implemented safety improvement measures to reduce traffic accidents for the
Metro Orange Line.
• Completed transit priority system and all traffic engineering work for the Metro Orange Line
extension to Canoga Avenue.
• All as-built plans were completed and the project is formally closed out.
Wilshire Boulevard Bus Lanes Project
• Conducted a comprehensive traffic study for the Wilshire Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project.
• Received approval to implement peak-period bus lanes on Wilshire Boulevard between
Downtown and the City of Santa Monica limit.
An implementation plan will be submitted to the City Council in the next fiscal year.
Soto Street Bus Lane Study
• Completed a planning study for bus lanes on Soto Street between the Lincoln Heights
community and the City of Huntington Park.
• Submitted a Council Report recommending traffic engineering improvements without dedicated
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San Fernando Valley North-South Transit Corridors Bus Speed Improvement Project
• Worked with MTA to obtain grant funds of $900,000 for the San Fernando Valley North-South
Transit Corridors Bus Speed Improvement Project, which will recommend bus speed
improvement projects for four north-south routes that connect to the Metro Orange Line and the
Ventura Boulevard Metro Rapid bus route.
Major Transit Corridors Projects and Studies
• Coordinated with MTA and other agencies on various transit corridor projects and studies,
o Exposition Light Rail Transit Project Phase Two
o Metro Orange Line Canoga Extension
o Metro Green Line northern extension
o Crenshaw-Prairie Transit Corridor
o Harbor Subdivision Transit Corridor
o Regional (Downtown) Connector
Staff served on MTA review panels for consulting contract awards for the Metro Orange Line Canoga
Extension and the Crenshaw-Prairie Transit Corridor projects.
• Participated in MTA’s Multi-County Goods Movement Action Plan Stakeholders Advisory Group
and SCAG’s Goods Movement Task Force.
• Obtained $2.6 million in the 2007 MTA Call for Projects for intersection improvements at
Olympic Boulevard/Mateo Street.
Passenger Information Systems (PIS)
• Completed the Passenger Information Systems (PIS) retrofit to replace obsolete Cellular Digital
Packet Data (CDPD) technology.
• New dedicated interconnect cables were installed for 40 new high-bright LED display signs
along the Wilshire and Ventura TPS corridors.
• Staff developed and deployed new sign management software to drive the hard-wire
Main and Spring Street Project
• Street lighting portion of Main Street from First Street to Ninth Street was completed in February
• The design of the landscape median island at the intersection of Main and Spring Street was
completed and approved for construction by all necessary agencies.
• Construction will commence in next fiscal year.
Presentations at Professional Conferences
Division staff made presentations at the following professional conferences:
• Eleventh World Conference on Transportation Research in Berkeley
• Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) America Annual Conference in Palm Springs
• Federal Transit Administration’s Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Workshop in Seattle
• California Chapter of the American Planning Association 2006 Conference in Orange County.
Grants and Bikeways Division
2007 Metro Call for Projects
• Coordinated the City’s participation in the 2007 Metro Call for Projects. The City submitted 150
applications to Metro in January 2007, requesting $606 million in grant funding, and was
awarded $150 million for 63 projects out of $450 million in available funding for LA County.
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Staff anticipates that there will be Calls for Projects on a more regular basis as a result of
legislation that protects Proposition 42 (sales tax on fuel sales) for transportation.
2006 Metro Supplemental Call for Projects
• Coordinated the City’s participation in the 2006 Metro Supplemental Call for Projects. Thirty
applications for funding were submitted on September 27, 2006; the City received funding for 22
projects for a total of $48 million out of $58 million funding available for Los Angeles County.
SAFETEA-LU Safe Routes to Schools Program
• Coordinated the City’s participation in the Caltrans SAFETEA-LU Safe Routes to Schools
Program. Twenty-six applications requesting $16.4 million were submitted; the City was
awarded $.5 million for one project out of $35 million of available funding for the State.
Bike Lane Program
• Approximately 8.5 miles of new bike lanes were installed on portions of streets throughout the
o De Soto Street
o Devonshire Street
o Oxnard Street
o Pershing Drive
o Chandler Boulevard
o Santa Monica Boulevard
o Colfax Avenue
o Rose Avenue
Bike Path Design and Construction
• Coordinated with Metro and other agencies on the design and construction of several new bike
paths and facilities, including:
o San Fernando Road Bike Path Phase 1, dedicated in November 2006
o Exposition Boulevard/Right-of-Way Bike Path – Westside Extension
o Orange Line Bikeway extension to Canoga Orange Line station
o Refurbishment of the Ballona Creek Bike Path
o Taylor Yard Bicycle/Pedestrian Bridge
Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) Task Force Bicycle Safety Sub-Committee
• Participated in the PCH Task Force Bicycle Safety Sub-Committee formed by State Senator
Sheila Kuehl in response to a double bicyclist fatality on PCH last November. The group made
recommendations regarding the Caltrans Work Permit/Construction Zone process, bikeway
signage, and general safety concerns.
Bicycle Marketing Campaign
• Worked with Metro on a bicycle marketing campaign to be promoted on Metro and LADOT
Strategic Highway Safety Plan
• Participated in the development of the Strategic Highway Safety Plan via inter-agency
stakeholder meetings. The Statewide committee is now preparing the State Highway Safety
Implementation Plan – Challenge Area 13 Improve Bicycling Safety. These two plans will
become the basis for grant awards from the federal Safe Routes to Schools and Highway Safety
Improvement (formally the Hazard Elimination and Safety) programs.
Los Angeles County “Bike To Work Week”
• Coordinated various “Bike To Work Week" activities Citywide, including press conferences and
bike commuter pit stops.
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Los Angeles Bicycle Plan
• Coordinated with the Department of City Planning (DCP) on the development of a new Los
Angeles Bicycle Plan. Staff drafted the RFP and worked with DCP on the bidder’s conference,
consultant interviews, and contract negotiations. A consultant contract was executed in late
Bicycle Suitability Map
• Began work on a new Bicycle Suitability Map, which will be issued to the public in print form and
available on the internet at www.bicyclingla.org. Project completion is expected in late 2007.
• Prepared a comprehensive report to the City Council concerning the City’s Proposition A Ten-
Year Forecast. The report included a ten-year forecast of Proposition A funds assuming a
Baseline Scenario (no growth) and a DASH Expansion Scenario (add one new DASH service
per year for the next ten years). The Department’s report projected a $200 million shortfall over
the next ten years under the Baseline Scenario and a $300 million shortfall under the DASH
Expansion Scenario. The Department’s report discussed a number of potential revenue-
generating and cost-cutting strategies for consideration by the City Council and Mayor.
• Aggressively pursued all available grant opportunities to help fund the cost to replace its existing
transit fleet and reduce the projected shortfall in City Proposition A funds.
o Applied for over $40 million in funding to replace eligible DASH and Commuter Express
buses through the Call for Projects.
o Applied for replacement funding for eligible transit vehicles as part of Metro’s 2007
Proposition A Incentive Fund Mini Call, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section
5307 (15% Discretionary) grant funding process administered by Metro, the FTA Section
5309 grant funding process, and the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review
Committee (MSRC) funding process (in cooperation with the City’s Environmental Affairs
o As a result of the above efforts, the Department estimates that it has secured a total of
approximately $20 million in grant funding from other agencies to help fund the cost of
replacing its transit fleet.
• Released a request for proposals (RFP) for the purchase of compressed natural gas (CNG)
powered 40-foot commuter buses in November 2006. The Department plans to replace its
existing Commuter Express fleet of approximately 100 buses with clean fuel compressed
natural gas (CNG) buses over the next four fiscal years starting in FY 2007-08. If approved by
the Council and Mayor, the contract would commit the City to an initial purchase of 17 buses in
FY 2007-08 (funds included in the adopted FY 2007-08 Proposition A Budget), with the
remaining fleet to be purchased as City options.
• Coordinated with Metro staff on its ongoing Metro Connections Study effort, including
discussions concerning Metro’s proposed service plan for Downtown Los Angeles. This
proposal envisions a reduction in the number of Metro buses that enter Downtown and
consolidation of remaining bus service on select streets that would feature bus lanes, signal
priority treatment, and a proposed transit mall on Broadway. The Department will work with
Metro to evaluate the potential transit benefits and traffic/parking impacts of Metro’s proposal.
DASH Downtown Los Angeles could play a key role in this proposal by linking intercepted
Metro bus lines and Downtown destinations, if funding is available. On May 15, 2007, the
Department submitted a follow-up to its January 2006 report to the City Council concerning
coordination efforts with Metro regarding the Metro Connections Study effort.
• LADOT has been very active in discussions with Metro and the other municipal transit
operators about the need to address inequities in the current Formula Allocation Procedure
(FAP) that negatively impact the amount of annual transit subsidies received by LADOT from
o In its August 21, 2006 report to the City Council concerning the Proposition A ten-year
forecast, LADOT recommended that the City adopt a policy to aggressively pursue a fair
share of FAP funding from Metro for the City’s fixed route transit services. The
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Department’s report also included a comprehensive and detailed discussion of the
City’s FAP issues, along with recommended objectives and the anticipated financial
impacts on LADOT and other transit operators in Los Angeles County. More recently,
the Department worked in coordination with other municipal transit operators in the
County (LACMOA) to develop a new FAP proposal for consideration by the Metro
Board. This proposal, which was formally transmitted to the Metro Board by LACMOA in
April 2007, was supported by a majority of the municipal transit operators (Included and
Eligible Operators) in the County including LADOT. The LACMOA proposal specifically
addressed one of LADOT’s major issues with the current FAP (base fare used to
calculate LADOT’s “Fare Units”), thereby providing for LADOT to receive what is
arguably a fair share of the FAP funding. The FAP issue is still under consideration by
the Metro Board.
• Initiated a demonstration project to test a DASH bus powered by hybrid-electric technology
and an ultra-capacitor energy storage system. The bus is currently in operation on the
DASH San Pedro route. LADOT receives weekly updates from its service contractor
regarding the overall performance of the vehicle; LADOT staff is working closely with its
service contractor and the bus provider to address operational issues.
• Recently entered into a contract with a consultant to assist in reviewing various alternative
fuel infrastructure issues for its transit fleet. This consultant, Gladstein, Neandross, &
Associates (GNA), has been tasked to review the viability and cost effectiveness of various
alternative fuel technologies and fueling strategies for our transit fleet. The Department
subcontracted with GNA through a much larger contract with the Department of General
Services (GSD), which analyzed the City’s existing alternative fuel infrastructure and
identified its future needs.
o On March 23, 2007, staff received a preliminary report prepared by GNA examining
the Department’s transit fleet, available alternative fuel options, and compliance with
clean fuel legislation. This preliminary report is intended to be the first in series of
reports which will assist the Department in determining the best course for future
transit vehicle purchases, identifying available fuel infrastructure, and remaining in
compliance with clean fuel mandates.
• Coordinated a public/private partnership to implement a new demonstration shuttle bus service
in the Hollywood entertainment district called the “Holly Trolley”. The new service was
introduced in January 2006. This demonstration, which was sponsored by the Hollywood
Chamber of Commerce, Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), Council District 13 and the
Department, operated Friday though Sunday from 8:00 PM until 2:00 AM. The service was
designed to carry passengers from major parking facilities in Hollywood to various entertainment
venues throughout the district. The operating costs for this service were paid exclusively by the
CRA with the costs for marketing the service assumed by the Chamber. The trolley buses used
on the service are owned by LADOT.
• Led a coordination effort, involving Metro as well as Santa Monica Big Blue Bus, to
accommodate the deployment of articulated buses by Metro at local bus stops on Santa Monica
Blvd. and on Sunset Blvd. effective June 24, 2007. This entailed bus zone extensions, parking
meter removals (selected locations), merging of local and Rapid Bus stops (selected locations)
and the elimination of some local bus stops. The Department and Metro briefed affected
Council Offices and the Mayor’s Office on the proposed changes prior to implementation.
Impacted businesses were also notified. A similar effort by the Department was conducted for
Van Nuys Boulevard in December 2006.
• Coordinated with the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council (DLANC) and Council
District 9 to create an evening shuttle route in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles. This
free shuttle operates from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM on the second Thursday of each month and is
entirely funded by DLANC. This project represents another example of the Department’s efforts
to promote public/private partnerships as a means to increase the provision of public
transportation service in an era of declining public resources. The Transportation Committee
approved the motion to introduce the service on May 24, 2007. The full City Council approved
the item on May 29, 2007.
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• Conducted the last of a series of meetings with Downtown Los Angeles stakeholders to inform
them about the results of the Department’s DASH Downtown Los Angeles Planning Study. The
Study included recommendations concerning potential service modifications and new services
to address new residential and commercial development. The report also discussed the growth
of residential population in Downtown and the viability of weekend and evening DASH service
given the trip patterns of new residents.
• Extended the DASH Boyle Heights/East LA route on March 19, 2007 as part of an agreement
with Metro and County Supervisor Gloria Molina. The new route extends south into East Los
Angeles (within Supervisor Molina’s District) down to Whittier Boulevard. This extension
allowed Metro to cancel its Route 255 on March 18, 2007, as the new DASH Boyle Heights
route replaces the route of Metro Line 255. The Department will receive financial support from
both the County and Metro for the extended portion of the route. The proposed route extension,
with the anticipated funding partnership, is expected to actually save the City approximately
$140,000 in the first year of operation. The expanded service started on March 19, 2007.
• The Department implemented a reroute and schedule revision for Commuter Express Route
549 (Encino-Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena) effective February 12, 2007. The modified service
features a connection to the Metro Orange/Red Line station in North Hollywood, and closes the
gap between the Metro Orange/Red Lines and the Metro Gold Line station in Pasadena. It also
provides integrated express transit service between Warner Center and Pasadena (also
connects to the Gold Line in Pasadena) via the Orange Line and Commuter Express Line 549.
Department staff made presentations about the new service to the Metro San Fernando Valley
Service Sector Board, the Burbank Transportation Commission, and the Pasadena
Transportation Management Association. The Los Angeles Daily News wrote a positive article
and follow-up editorial about the modified service.
• On February 8, 2007, the Los Angeles Region Transit Security Working Group (RTSWG), which
consists of representatives from Metro, Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA),
Metrolink, Amtrak, Santa Monica Big Blue Bus, Foothill Transit, Long Beach Transit and
LADOT, approved for submittal a recommended application by LADOT for 2007 U.S.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) transit security grant funds. If approved by DHS, this
grant application would provide $938,628 in federal grant funds to the Department for the
purchase and installation of an interoperable digital radio communication and automated vehicle
locator system for the City’s Commuter Express fleet. This is the first year that LADOT has been
eligible to apply for these grant funds. The application was submitted by LADOT to DHS,
through the State’s Office of Homeland Security, on February 23, 2007. The Department
coordinated with the Mayor’s Office in the preparation of the application and in meeting with the
• The Department implemented a modified schedule for its DASH Pico Union/Echo Park service,
effective February 5, 2007, designed to improve the on-time performance for the route. The
modified schedule has created new schedule time points for passengers and operators to
follow, as well as modified service frequencies during the peak and off-peak periods of the day.
Based on initial staff field observations, the schedule revisions are producing improvements to
on-time performance. DASH Pico Union/Echo Park is the highest ridership Community DASH
route operated by LADOT.
• In January, the Department submitted a report to the City Council concerning transportation
access and other related issues associated with the transfer of health care services from King-
Drew Medical Center to Harbor–UCLA Medical Center. The Department coordinated with the
King-Harbor Hospital Transportation Transition Team, the County Department of Health
Services, Metro, and Los Angeles County Department of Public Works to assess the impacts
resulting from the transfer of medical services and the availability of public transit services to
provide adequate access to health services for residents of the South Los Angeles area.
• Completed the competitive contracting process and executed a contract with Titan Worldwide,
for exterior and interior advertising services on LADOT’s transit fleet. This contract, which is the
first of its kind for City transit buses, is expected to generate approximately $500,000 per year in
additional revenues for the City.
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• Concluded a six-month initial demonstration of its Commuter Express Mystery Rider Program in
April 2007, utilizing current riders of the Commuter Express service who volunteered to regularly
report service quality-related information to LADOT staff.
• Completed the competitive contracting process and executed contracts for the ongoing
provision of the following existing transit services:
o Transit marketing and advertising
o Community DASH Packages 1-3
o Cityride dial-a-ride
Regional Surface Transportation Improvements Division (RSTI)
2007 Call for Projects and Supplemental Call for Projects
• Chaired the City’s RSTI, Pedestrian Improvement and Transportation Enhancement
Committees for the 2007 Call for Projects and obtained funding for nine projects totaling $32
• Obtained $7.1 million in the Supplemental Call for the Sepulveda Boulevard widening and
Skirball Center Drive widening projects.
Olympic/Pico One-Way Study
Staff conducted a comprehensive evaluation of the Olympic/Pico Boulevard Corridor One-Way study
commissioned by LA County Supervisor Yaroslavsky. The proposed one-way conversion runs through
the cities of Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica.
Regional Surface Transportation Improvements
Staff coordinated with Caltrans and other agencies on the design and construction of numerous
freeway and surface street improvement projects:
• I-405 improvements at Greenleaf Street and Sepulveda Boulevard
• I-405 HOV widening project
• Commercial Street widening
• SR-110 widening
• I-5 & Riverside Drive traffic signal
• Bronson and Santa Monica Boulevard traffic signal
• Electrical Facilities Cost-Sharing Sharing Agreement with Caltrans
• State Route 2 terminus
• Valley Boulevard-Alhambra Avenue connector project
• Cesar Chavez/Lorena Street/Indiana Street intersection improvement (roundabout)
• Sunset Boulevard improvements at the I-405 NB On-Ramp
• Bundy Drive Widening
• Cahuenga Boulevard widening
• Riverside Drive widening
• Balboa Boulevard/San Fernando Road Improvements
• Traffic signal upgrades along the US-101 freeway ramps between Van Nuys Boulevard and
• Sepulveda Boulevard widening
• 83rd Street widening at Lincoln Boulevard
• Skirball Center Drive widening
• San Fernando Road improvements
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Transit and Pedestrian Improvements
• Coordinated with Metro and other agencies on the design and construction of numerous transit
station and pedestrian improvement projects:
o Vermont Avenue bus stop improvements
o East LA/Mid-Cities bus stop improvements
o Hollywood Media District bus stop improvements
o Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative - South Robertson Village and Byzantine Latino
Quarter bus stop and pedestrian improvements
o Huntington Drive transit bump-outs
o Northeast Community Linkages Phase II
o Broadway-Manchester transit/pedestrian improvements
Bureau of Planning and Land Use
The Bureau of Planning and Land Use reviews site specific development projects for access,
circulation and traffic impacts. The Bureau also conducts studies and coordinates with the City
Planning Department on developing long-term transportation policies, strategies, and plans to
provide increased transportation accessibility and mobility for the City.
Notable large scale development project proposals reviewed during FY 06-07 include the
Grand Avenue, Las Lomas and Ponte Vista projects.
SCAG Overall Work Program Grants
The Bureau successfully applied and secured grant funding for the following studies/projects:
City of LA Transportation Strategic Plan: $275,000
West Los Angeles Traffic Study: $ 75,000
101 Freeway Corridor Study Phase I: $150,000
Parking and Smart Growth Initiative: $ 42,000
Travel Demand Model Update: $ 50,000
ATSAC Traffic Count Data Development: $150,000
Working Group Participation
The Bureau continues to actively participate in a number of high profile working groups and
committees on a variety of transportation and land use issues with other City departments and
outside agencies including the MTA Countywide Congestion Mitigation Fee Policy Advisory
Committee, South LA Initiative Task Force, Downtown Street Standards Committee,
Hollywood Street Standards Committee, Climate Change Task Force, and the Apartment Task
Office of Regulatory Services
The Office of Regulatory Services is responsible for enforcement of parking regulations, traffic control,
crossing guards, citation processing, collection of parking-related fines, and the adjudication of
contested citations through a civil adjudication process.
The Office is overseen by an Assistant General Manager who reports to the General Manager. The
position had been vacant during all of FY 05-06 and was filled on November 26, 2006.
Bureau of Parking Enforcement and Traffic Control
The Bureau of Parking Enforcement and Traffic Control is the most visible of the Bureaus within the
Office of Regulatory Services. It provides traffic enforcement 24 hours, seven days a week to ensure
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the safe and efficient movement of traffic and to maximize the availability of short-term on-street
parking. It also provides crossing guard services for children attending schools throughout the City.
The principal mission of the Department of Transportation is the safe and efficient movement of traffic.
While this is generally accomplished through the use of street signs and signal systems, when these
systems are temporarily disrupted (signal failures, unusual occurrences) or overwhelmed (peak hour or
holiday traffic), the manual control of intersections is essential. During an emergency, traffic control
becomes a primary activity of the Bureau, and virtually all Traffic Officers can be deployed to conduct
traffic control for the duration of the emergency. Intersection control accounted for about 79,415 hours
in FY 06-07. They also respond to traffic control calls from agencies such as LAPD, LAFD, and the
Pasadena Police Department. In FY 06-07, the Bureau responded to several unusual occurrences
• Van Nuys Airplane crash
• Great Power outage
• Griffith Park fire
• Jumbo Airplane arrival
• Great American Boycott
• May Day March
During FY 06-07, approximately 2,968,864 citations were issued to vehicles in violation; only 5% of
these citations were contested. Most citations were issued to vehicles in violation of street cleaning
regulations, which accounts for approximately 27% or 826,335 of the total citations issued.
Area Services Division
There are five geographic enforcement areas: Central, Hollywood, Western, Valley, and Southern, with
a substation in the Harbor area.
The parking citation is the result of unwillingness to comply with parking regulations. When regulations
are not routinely enforced, traffic flow, safety, and parking availability are negatively affected. Citation
fine amounts range from $40 for meter violations to $335 for unauthorized use of disabled spaces. The
fines substantially increase if not paid within two weeks of the mailing of a follow-up notice to the
registered owner. Fine amounts and late penalties are set by City ordinance as enacted by the City
Council and cannot be altered by the Department.
Traffic Control Team (TCT) - Launched in March of 2007, each area deploys a squad of officers
dedicated to providing traffic control upon request or in cases of unusual occurrences.
The Communications Division provides 24-hour, 7 day-a-week radio communication and dispatch
services for parking enforcement and traffic control operations. This Division also supports the
enforcement activities of booting and towing, provides stolen vehicle identification, receives and
dispatches service requests, and facilitates supervisory communication with the field force. Parking
meter security and coin collection also rely heavily on the communications system. The
Communications Center had over 1,722,743 transactions in FY 06-07.
Vehicle Information Processing Unit (VIPU)
This unit reviews and processes all impound reports for completeness and accuracy. They also notify
the registered owner of an impounded vehicle. VIPU processed 70,667 impounds in FY 06- 07.
The Training Unit continually enhances the training of existing Traffic Officers and provides a six week
training program for newly hired Traffic Officers. Sixty-four Traffic Officers were trained in FY 06-07.
The unit also designs, develops and implements or identifies in-service training for existing Traffic
Officers and Senior Traffic Supervisors.
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Traffic Officers on Bicycles Program
This program provides traffic and parking enforcement utilizing teams of officers on bicycles rather than
motor vehicles. The Bicycle Detail consists of approximately 22 officers, assigned in three geographic
areas: West Los Angeles, Hollywood, and in the Downtown Central area. Program benefits include
increasing enforcement flexibility and efficiency while reducing mobile source air pollution. The Bicycle
Detail issued over 167,800 citations during FY 06-07.
Special Operations Division
Crossing Guards Unit - Crossing guards provide for the safe and expeditious passage of school
children going to and from school at designated crosswalk locations. This unit has 550 crossing
guards, staffed at nearly 450 crossings on school days. Crossing Guards are deployed at crossings
around or on routes to elementary schools that qualify based on specific criteria known as “warrants”.
Habitual Parking Unit (HPV) - The function of the HPV unit is to immobilize and/or impound vehicles
that have accumulated five or more unpaid parking citations, under California law. Without a strong
deterrent, it is likely that “scofflaws” will continue to park without regard for the rights of the rest of the
public. Habitual Parking Violator (HPV) boot crews actively pursue these vehicles using mobile digital
terminals installed in specially equipped booting vans. This technology permits enforcement personnel
to access the online data via a radio link. In FY 06-07, approximately 7,690 vehicles were booted and
3,178 vehicles were impounded as a result of scofflaw status. With the acquisition of electronic
handheld ticket writers, all Traffic Officers in the field will be able to determine if vehicles they are citing
for a violation or otherwise investigating is eligible for enforcement under California's scofflaw
Abandoned vehicles continue to be a major problem in our City, creating a serious blight as well as a
hazard to health and safety. Vehicles are towed from City streets for a number of reasons. Abandoned
vehicles and peak hour violations are the two main types of violations for which vehicles are towed.
The term “abandoned vehicle” is defined by law as a vehicle that has been stored on the street for more
than 72 consecutive hours without being moved. When an abandoned vehicle is reported, a Traffic
Officer visits the site and marks the tires. If the vehicle is not moved within 72 hours, it is subject to
being cited and towed.
Nearly half of the allegedly abandoned vehicles are gone before the Traffic Officer arrives to mark the
tires. Half of the vehicles marked are subsequently moved and not impounded. Traffic Officers
addressed over 150,154 abandoned vehicle issues in 2006-2007; 8,813 of these vehicles were
School Video Enforcement Program
Established in May 1998, the primary mission of this unit is to reduce or eliminate unsafe parking
practices, such as double parking, of parents who drop off or pick up students at schools throughout the
City. This service is currently provided at over 90 public schools on a rotational basis.
Traffic Officers were deployed at approximately 2,227 special events in FY 06-07. Events ranged from
major events, such as the Los Angeles Marathon, professional/college athletic events, and 10K runs, to
smaller community events. The Special Events Unit coordinates the scheduling, notification, and
record keeping of Traffic Officers and supervisors for these activities.
Disabled Placard Abuse Task Force
This Unit was established to target individuals who illegally use disabled placards to obtain a parking
space. The Unit’s focus is to identify illegal use, enforce the law, and to confiscate counterfeit placards.
During FY 06-07, nearly 11,359 citations were issued to vehicles in violation of handicapped parking.
Total Integrated Gridlock Enforcement Response Team (T.I.G.E.R Team)
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The T.I.G.E.R Team’s mission is to enhance the traffic flow of morning and evening peak hour and
impound any vehicles in violation. This program launched in June 2006; focus on the Wilshire corridor
has been expanded to include the Ventura Boulevard corridor from Topanga Canyon to Sepulveda
Boulevard. During this time period, the T.I.G.E.R Team issued over 20,130 citations and impounded
over 6,719 vehicles in violation of peak hour parking restrictions. Although this activity has had a
noticeable impact on traffic movement in many areas of the City, the Department is constantly
revamping these restrictions as demand and traffic patterns dictate.
In addition, the Department issued over 151,720 citations, and impounded over 12,803 vehicles in
violation of morning and evening peak hour “No Stopping – Tow Away” restrictions.
Traffic Officers at Key Intersections
This program posts Traffic Officers at 13 additional locations for a total of 51 intersections throughout
the City to improve traffic flow during morning and evening rush hours.
Stolen Vehicle Recovery
In FY 06-07, the stolen vehicle program was introduced throughout the City. Traffic Officers performing
stolen vehicle recovery operations for non-felony "want" vehicles impounded approximately 4,791
stolen vehicles. Traffic Officers perform stolen vehicle recovery operations for non-felony want vehicles
City-wide on a 24 hour / 7 days-a-week basis.
License Plate Recognition System
This system was installed and launched within the five area in FY 06-07. This allowed for more efficient
identification and capture of scofflaws (Habitual violators, non-felony stolen) within the areas of
AutoCITE X3,Handheld Citation Issuance Computer
In FY 06-07, the AutoCITE X3 handheld citation issuance computer was introduced and put into use in
the Central area. This new handheld computer allows for software upgrade and new program
applications as well as audio and camera capture capabilities currently being used.
MACOMM 7250 portable two way radios
In FY 06-07, 400 new radios were distributed among the five areas. This allows for better coverage
and communications capabilities to serve the public. It is anticipated that additional radios will be
distributed throughout the Department until reaching full capacity allotted.
Bureau of Franchise Regulation and Parking Operations Support
The Bureau of Franchise Regulation and Parking Operations Support prepares the Bureau’s budget,
provides ombudsman and complaint resolution services, and performs administrative reporting,
administrative reviews, operations analysis, revenue forecasting, and strategic planning. The Division
also administers a $10 million annual contract for citation processing, provides administrative expertise
to the Parking Violations Bureau operation, and regulates taxicab, ambulance, and pipeline franchises.
Notable accomplishments during this fiscal year include the following:
• With the City Council’s approval of a $5 increase in Civil Parking Penalties in October, among
other activities, parking revenue increased contributed to an additional $11.9 million in revenue
for the City.
• 3,579 parking citation administrative reviews were conducted during the fiscal year.
• New AutoCite X3 handheld units were fully deployed at the Central Parking Enforcement Office.
The Western Parking Enforcement Office followed with another deployment of electronic
handheld ticket writers. The four remaining parking enforcement offices will be completed in
early 2007-08 This handheld equipment is lightweight yet durable. The device’s built-in, full
color display digital camera also allows Traffic Officers to document conditions at any ticket
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• The Fleet Operator and Rental Agency Program was revamped in order to facilitate ticket
processing/payments for rental agencies, couriers, and/or delivery fleets operating 10 or more
vehicles. This program was implemented in June 2007.
Parking Violations Bureau
The Bureau is operated by ACS State and Local Solutions, which is under contract to the City and is
bound by policies and procedures promulgated by the Department of Transportation. The Parking
Violations Bureau is responsible for the processing and tracking of parking citations, performing
administrative reviews of citations, collecting parking fines on behalf of the City, and scheduling
Administrative and Boot and Tow hearings.
The Bureau provides an on-line computer system which links and supports the activities of the other
Bureaus. These include subsystems for preferential parking, parking meter maintenance, boot and
towing, abandoned vehicle tracking and others. The Bureau also operates a toll free Abandoned
Vehicle Hotline that records service requests for abandoned vehicles and forwards the information to
the various enforcement offices.
The Bureau adds parking citations to the database, accepts citation payments through the mail and by
credit card over the telephone and on the Web, sends notices to violators, posts payments to the
database, places registration holds at the Department of Motor Vehicles for unpaid citations, and
operates walk-in payment locations throughout the City. The Parking Violations Bureau is also
responsible for the sale and processing of permits associated with the Preferential Parking Program.
The Bureau’s significant accomplishments during FY 06-07 include:
• Handled over 1.5 million telephone calls from the public, with the average call completion rate at
• 95% of issued parking citations were uncontested.
• Issued 233,878 Preferential Parking Permits.
• Transitioned to E-TIMS, Electronic Ticket Information Management System, which is a GUI-
based user interface database that allows staff to navigate better through various subsystem.
• Enhanced the Parking Violations Bureau website to enable residents to report any abandoned
vehicles, broken parking meters, faded curbs, and damaged, defaced or missing traffic and
parking signs to LADOT.
• Implemented an Overnight Parking District Program in June 2007.
Railroad Crossings and Safety Section
The Railroad Crossings and Safety Section (RCSS) is involved with a wide range of railroad crossing
safety-related projects throughout the Department and City. Regular meetings and numerous field
diagnostics are conducted annually with the railroad operators, California Public Utilities Commission,
and other agencies to discuss the various types of upcoming and proposed safety improvement
projects at highway-rail grade crossing locations.
Section 130 Funded Projects
The Section 130 Program provides federal funds to improve safety at existing at-grade highway-rail
crossings to reduce the number, severity and potential of hazards to motorists, bicyclists, and
pedestrians at highway-rail at-grade crossings. The Section 130 Program is a cooperative effort
between the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), California Department of Transportation
(Caltrans), California Public Utilities Commission (Commission), railroad companies and local agencies.
FHWA delegated the authority to manage this program to Caltrans in cooperation with the Commission.
Crossings are selected for inclusion in the State-wide funding list based on hazard potential, vehicular
and train volumes, collision history, and roadway geometry. Commission staff determines which
crossings merit consideration and reviews each targeted crossing. Current projects include:
• Sunland Boulevard/San Fernando Road
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The objective of this project is to improve the overall public safety at the existing
highway-rail grade crossing with improvements such as the modification of curb return
radii and roadway striping, traffic signal and preemption upgrades, installation of
additional traffic controls, and the upgrade of railroad warning devices to enhance safety
for vehicles, pedestrians, and locomotives. LADOT has completed designs for the
project and the Bureau of Engineering (BOE) has completed the design and bid
package. Construction is scheduled for completion by the end of 2007.
• Coldwater Canyon Avenue/Raymer Street
The objective of this project is to improve the overall public safety at the existing
highway-rail grade crossing with modification of curb return radii and roadway striping,
traffic signal and preemption upgrades, installation of additional traffic controls, and the
upgrade of railroad warning devices to enhance the safety for vehicles, pedestrians, and
locomotives. LADOT has completed designs for the project and the Bureau of
Engineering (BOE) has completed the design and bid package. Construction is
scheduled for completion by the end of 2007.
• Balboa Boulevard north of Roscoe Boulevard
The objective of this project is to improve the overall public safety at the existing
highway-rail grade crossing. Staff worked with Metro to obtain funding for this project.
Improvements include the elongation of the existing raised median, the installation of a
Pre-Signal with preemption, and the upgrade of railroad warning devices to enhance the
safety for vehicles, pedestrians, and locomotives by preventing the queuing of vehicles
over the tracks before and during preemption. LADOT completed the preliminary
concept designs for this project.
• Van Nuys Boulevard/San Fernando Road
After years of countless delays and with significant work done over the last year, this
project is finally ready for construction. The objective of this project is to improve the
overall public safety at the existing highway-rail grade crossing with improvements such
as roadway widening, modification of curb return radii and roadway striping, traffic signal
and preemption upgrades, installation of additional traffic controls, and the upgrade of
railroad warning devices to enhance the safety for vehicles, pedestrians, and
locomotives. Construction is scheduled to be completed by the end of October 2007.
Railroad Improvement Program (RIP)
The Section currently administers the annual Railroad Improvement Program (RIP), in partnership with
the Union Pacific Railroad Company (UPRR) and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Company
(BNSF), to identify and improve rough at-grade railroad crossing surfaces to provide smooth and safe
transitions over the crossings for the public thru the installation of cement panels. RIP is a program in
which LADOT splits the cost of the surface improvements equally with the railroads to improve several
crossings each year. The railroads complete all the work themselves and LADOT is responsible for
50% of the cost, which is allocated utilizing Prop C funds. Agreements were negotiated and
construction completed at five critical grade crossings along UPRR’s tracks.
• Valley Boulevard Quiet Zone
An application was submitted to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) on behalf of the El
Sereno community and CD 14 for approval of a 24-hour quiet zone. The FRA established into
effect the Final Rule for the Use of Locomotive Horns at Highway-Rail Grade Crossings just last
year. This final rule gives local governments the authority to establish “quiet zones” in their
communities by requiring railroad operators to stop sounding their horns on their approach to at-
grade railroad crossings as long as specified guidelines are followed and requirements are met.
This new rule gives local authorities the opportunity to improve the quality of life in their
The Mayor’s Office, CD 14, Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR), FRA, California Public Utilities
Commission (CPUC), and LADOT have been working together in joint efforts to identify and
address all possible technical issues. Section staff has reviewed crossing locations along the
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Valley Boulevard rail corridor and presented their safety improvement recommendations to CD
14 for quiet zone implementation. Councilmember Huizar’s staff expressed support for the
redefined safety improvements. Re-submittal of an application to the FRA for quiet zone
implementation will not be necessary since the recommended safety improvements, which
incorporate CPUC recommendations, now fall within the guidelines established by the FRA.
This project is currently not funded. However, section staff will search for and pursue suitable
funding to move the project forward.
• Glendale Boundary Crossing Improvements
Metrolink, the City of Glendale, and LADOT have met to identify and address hazard potential
and crossing safety issues at Brazil Street, Doran Street and Chevy Chase Drive along the
City’s boundary with Glendale. All three crossings are within Glendale city boundaries adjacent
to cross streets and intersections located within the City of Los Angeles. Field diagnostics with
the CPUC have recently been conducted to identify which crossings will be considered for
Section 130 funds based on whether safety improvements can be implemented that will
significantly improve highway-rail safety conditions.
Additionally, both cities and Metrolink have made commitments to pursue major safety
improvements and target suitable funding sources to implement the project. Both cities have
agreed to prepare designs to reflect what was discussed and Metrolink has crafted a letter to
Councilmember LaBonge requesting his support for the closure of Doran Street. Success of
this joint effort to identify and address existing public safety issues to reduce the number,
severity, and potential hazards to motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians at these three highway-
rail at-grade crossings will depend on securing funding and the support of all affected
stakeholders, including the surrounding residential and business communities.
The three agencies will meet regularly to move this project forward expeditiously and to submit
an application for 2007 MTA Call For Projects funds.
• Valley Boulevard Grade Separation
The Valley Boulevard grade separation is an important goods movement improvement project
that is ready to begin construction this fiscal year. For years, commuters traversing Valley
Boulevard at this location have been subject to traffic congestion and long delays due to idling
trains that keep the crossing blocked for long periods of time. City staff and UPRR have worked
closely with the community and elected officials to develop a suitable design for a grade-
separation project, which would involve constructing a bridge over the railroad tracks along
Valley Boulevard and eliminating the existing at-grade crossing.
LADOT and UPRR staff met several times over the year to negotiate significant issues, which
has resulted in an executed construction agreement. All necessary preliminary work has been
completed to move forward with construction; however, a funding shortfall has delayed the start.
City staff has been working to secure additional funding. LADOT staff met with Caltrans to
discuss their reconsideration of the City’s funding application for Section 190 Grade Separation
• GIS Database
The Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) approved a grant proposal to fund the development of a
comprehensive GIS database to identify all existing railroad crossings within the City of Los
Angeles in need of repair or upgrade. Since the $75,000 grant was set to expire in September
2007, the Seciton targeted available sources to identify methods of acquiring relevant and
critical data. As part of this program, staff investigated a wide range of safety related issues
pertaining to crossings, including roadway and rail passenger safety and security. RCSS staff
has been able to utilize the database data to coordinate with a variety of different public and
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private stakeholders to assess the need for safety improvements at various crossings, and to
identify, prioritize, and implement recommended safety enhancement strategies.
The development of the GIS database depended on the collection of pertinent information,
which will continue to provide LADOT with critical information to effectively prioritize and
implement safety enhancement projects at highway-rail crossings in need of repair and
upgrade. LADOT will have the resources necessary to identify and solicit funding to implement
the at-grade railroad crossing improvements and reduce the potential for traffic fatalities and
The OTS grant has been mostly expended. A total of 960 crossings have been identified and all
pertinent information has been collected; 231 crossings are still unaccounted for. Regular
maintenance and management of the database will be conducted to continue providing
comprehensive crossing specific information necessary to provide and maintain overall public
safety at highway-rail crossings citywide.
Taxicab Regulation Division
The Division regulates and monitors the operations of owners, drivers, and employees of City-
franchised taxicab companies. The Division enforces compliance with associated City ordinances and
orders of the Board of Taxicab Commissioners, investigates and resolves customer complaints, and
conducts vehicle inspections. The Division also issues vehicle authorities, seals, and driver permits,
conducts investigative and administrative work relating to said permits/authorities, and prepares reports
for and responds to directives from the Board of Taxicab Commissioners, the City Council, and the
Mayor. Investigators assigned to the Division enforce City and State laws prohibiting unlicensed
taxicab operations in the City.
Board Order No. 580 –Monetary Penalties
An updated schedule of monetary penalties was approved by the Board of Transportation
Commissioners, replacing Board Order No. 567. The increase in monetary penalties is aimed at illegal
operations by companies permitted in the City of Los Angeles, thereby increasing public safety.
Tentative Board Order No. 580 was approved by the Board on December 14, 2006 and published on
December 19, 2006. Final Board Order No. 580 was approved by the Board on February 22, 2007,
and became effective on March 29, 2007.
Vehicles for Hire and Pipeline Section
• Non-Taxi Vehicle Permitting
o Thirty-four non-taxi vehicle permit applications were processed and taken to the Board of
Transportation Commissioners in FY 06-07.
• Three Pipeline Franchise Ordinances were granted:
o Penrose Landfill Gas Conversion LLC was granted Ordinance No. 177,903 to transport
landfill gas, effective on November 6, 2006.
o Cardinal Pipeline LP was granted Ordinance No. 178,042 to transport crude oil, effective
on December 24, 2006.
o Crimson California Pipeline LP was granted Ordinance No. 178,041 as common carrier
pipelines transporting the crude oil of third parties, effective on December 24, 2006.
• The application Union Oil Company of California (Unocal) was approved by the Board on June
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Public Facilities Division
• Hollywood and Highland Parking Facility
Parking revenues for this fiscal year have increased significantly over last year. FY 2006-07
gross revenues of $8,078,900 reflect a 14% increase compared to $7,103,656 for FY 2005-06.
Contributing factors include the continuing revitalization of Hollywood, new retail and
commercial activity within the Hollywood and Highland Center stimulating patronage, improved
special event programming at the Kodak Theatre and the Hollywood Bowl, and enhanced audit
• Blossom Plaza Mixed Use Development Purchase & Sale Agreement
After six years of hard work and coordination between several City departments including CLA,
CRA, CDD, BOE, LADOT, and the Developer, in January 2007 City Council approved the
Purchase and Sale Agreement for the Blossom Plaza Mixed Use Development Project in
Chinatown (See CF 07-0128 / Contract No. 111327).
This project includes a new private/public jointly owned 344-space parking structure. Once the
parking structure is built, the City will own 175 parking spaces and the Developer will own 169
parking spaces. The development also includes housing, retail space, expansion of the
Chinatown Metro Rail GoldLine Station to North Broadway, a bicycle shop, intermodal facilities,
and an open area Cultural Plaza.
Groundbreaking for the new development is anticipated for early 2008. Once built, Parking
Facilities Division (PFD) will be responsible for managing and operating the public parking
portion of the new Blossom Plaza Mixed-Use Parking Structure.
• Opening of the new 636 Maple Avenue Intermodal Parking Structure
The new 636 Maple Avenue Intermodal Parking Structure, located in the Downtown Fashion
District, opened for business on February 1, 2007. LADOT is leasing 140 spaces to provide
public access within this privately owned 420-space parking structure from 9 am until 5 pm,
Monday through Saturday, for an annual license fee of $360,000. LADOT will pay the annual
license fee for a period of 20 years. However, LADOT will have public access to 140 parking
spaces for an additional 10 years as stipulated in the Parking License Agreement (PLA)
between LADOT and the Developer, 636 Maple Avenue Intermodal Parking Structure LLC.
Parking Facilities Division (PFD) is responsible for managing the PLA and assuring public
access in the new parking structure.
• RFP for Avenue 57 Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Project
The RFP process was completed and McCormack, Barron, Salazar was selected as the
developer for the Project. This is a joint mixed-use development project involving four LADOT-
owned surface parking lots in the Highland Park area near the Avenue 57 Metro Station.
LADOT partnered with the Housing Department on this project.
• SCAG Parking and Smart Growth Study
Parking Facilities Division (PFD) has been working closely with the SCAG (Southern California
Association of Governments) on their Parking and Smart Growth Study. The resultant study is
intended to recommend development possibilities and better land use/transit opportunities for
LADOT’s asset portfolio of 117 off-street parking facilities. PFD provided SCAG’s consultant,
Meyer Mohaddes and Associates, with information about LADOT’s off-street lot inventory
including: lot physical characteristics (i.e., number of parking spaces, metered or non-metered,
surface or parking structure, etc.), gross annual revenue and expenses, contract and/or City
management of specific lots, and related data. PFD will continue to work with SCAG, LADOT
Planning and Land Use Teams and the consultant to obtain additional information as needed on
LADOT’s off-street parking facilities over the coming months.
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• Mangrove Parking Lot in Little Tokyo
The construction of the 400-space public parking lot (LADOT Lot No. 753) located between
Temple and 1st Streets, east of Alameda Street in Little Tokyo, was completed in February
2007. Staff continues coordinating with Metro regarding access and circulation issues in
relation to the Eastside Light Rail construction project.
This parking lot has an extremely high demand due to the elimination of parking in Downtown by
development projects. The City is considering a mixed-use development for this site.
• General Services Department (GSD) Operation of Additional Lots
• The Board of Transportation Commissioners authorized the General Services Department
(GSD) to operate eight additional LADOT off-street parking facilities under an expanded MOU:
o Cedros-Dickens garage (Lot 629) in Sherman Oaks
o Robertson-Alden garage (#703) in West LA
o Van Nuys Lot Group (Lots 601, 609, 610, 620, 630 & 631)
GSD was set to begin operating these parking facilities on July 1, 2007. LADOT will pay GSD
$861,000 from the Special Parking Revenue Fund.
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