A modern transportation system provides residents of all ages and abilities with access to reliable, safe, affordable and varied mobility choices that reduce pollution. A well-functioning transportation system gets residents to their destinations while reducing air and climate pollution and provides a cleaner environment for all.
For decades, government and other institutions have prioritized private vehicle travel at the expense of other modes—nationally as well as here in LA county. Today, automobile infrastructure dominates the built environment. Most county residents take the majority of trips in private vehicles, emitting vast quantities of harmful pollutants into the air.
By developing programs that focus on reducing the number of miles people travel in private vehicles, the County will help people choose alternatives to single-occupancy vehicles, and at the same time expand residents’ mobility, including those residents whose limited automobile access translates to stifled economic opportunity.
The County will also formalize its recognition of transit as the most efficient way to move people. Transit will be the backbone of the transportation system around which other modes and new technologies, like walking, biking, e-scooters and zero-emission car-share service can support a reduction in vehicle miles traveled.