The MOVE Culver City Tactical Mobility Lane Pilot Project (Original Project) was installed in November 2021. As part of the Original Project, the number of traffic lanes was reduced from two or three to one in each direction, dedicated bus and dedicated bicycle lanes were added where there was sufficient street width to allow for the separate bus and bicycle lanes, and shared bus/bicycle lanes were added where there was not, along Culver Boulevard between Duquesne Avenue and Canfield Avenue and on Washington Boulevard between Ince Boulevard and La Cienega Avenue. The Original Project was a temporary pilot project, which was intended to be installed temporarily for evaluation for up to 24 months.
The intent of a pilot project is to implement temporary lower-cost improvements as a way to test and evaluate whether more expensive permanent treatments should be installed. Pilot projects often lead to two general outcomes: (1) the conclusion or cancellation of the pilot project, whereby conditions return to what they were before the pilot project, or (2) to long-term permanent improvements. While the pilot project is active, monitoring is done and, based on the results of the monitoring, the improvements can be withdrawn/removed or modified. It is common for pilot projects to evolve or be modified to study the potential for long-term transportation benefits.
In this case, the City installed temporary, low cost, quick-build improvements using paint and plastic bollards rather than more permanent treatments to separate the bus and bicycle lanes from regular traffic lanes and from each other. The City has been monitoring and evaluating the temporary pilot improvements implemented as part of the Original Project and is determining whether to move forward with a modified version of the project (Modified Project) as the next phase of the project.
The proposed Modified Project changes to the permanent pre-pilot lane configurations to incorporate shared bus and bike lanes in both directions on Culver Boulevard from Duquesne Ave to Washington Canfield Avenue, and on Washington Boulevard between Ince Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue near the City boundary. These modifications will be constructed using similar quick-build materials to the Original Project. These modifications will extend the duration of the pilot program for evaluation for up to 24 months. The addition of these shared bus-bike lanes is achieved through reallocating on-street parking and/or one of two general purpose automobile lanes from the permanent pre-pilot configuration that existed prior to the pandemic. The permanent pre-pilot configuration through the corridor was generally two automobile through lanes in each direction, with additional features such as on-street parking or turn lanes varying block to block. The details of the lane configurations for the pre-pilot conditions, Original Project, and Modified Project are shown in the table at the end of Attachment 2 to this Notice of Exemption (NOE).
As stated in the staff report dated February 1, 2021, for the Original Project, “through repurposing travel lanes for multi-modal transportation, the City aims to facilitate the efficient movement of people and to raise public awareness and acceptance of dedicated transit lanes, improve transit travel times and reliability, and improve access for cyclists and scooter riders.”
As stated in the staff reports dated April 24, 2023, and July 10, 2023, for the Modified Project, “the main goal of the MOVE Culver City Project is to improve the infrastructure and services for alternative modes of traffic and to offer the community equitable, convenient, and sustainable mobility options (walking, riding, and taking transit),” aligning with “the City’s draft General Plan, Short Range Mobility Plan,
Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan and Action Plan, City Council’s Strategic Plan, and the Transit-Oriented Development Visioning Report in developing an integrated multi-modal transportation system to provide transportation access to all residents and visitors and leveraging mass transit and other alternative modes to accommodate the growth of and maintain the long-term vitality of the Culver City community.” Both the Original Project and the Modified Project continue to accomplish these goals.