Location:  Culver City, California

Client:  City of Culver City

The Visioning Study focused on the future of mobility in Culver City around the Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) District with the Expo Station at its core, exploring linkages with Downtown and the surrounding neighborhoods. It is the product of numerous public workshops with community groups and City staff, as well as public input to the project’s interactive website. The goal is to increase the viability of alternative mobility modes for residents and other users by developing more and better choices. Priorities are defined as pedestrians first, transit next, then bikes, and finally cars. The Visioning Study seeks to establish the TOD area and its vicinity as a pedestrians-first environment, to advance the use of transit for first/last mile connections and local circulation, to provide a safe and protected network for cycling as a choice, to divert the flow of traffic around and through the TOD area to minimize conflicts with other modes, and to conserve and protect the character of existing residential neighborhood quality.

To meet these goals, the City’s consultant team outlined a series of mobility concepts for consideration, including both within an overall mobility framework. Recommendations for both near-term improvements and longer-term strategies include a perimeter parking and circulation plan to discourage cut-through traffic; improved access points to major employment centers; a system of flexible, on-demand micro-transit with dedicated street lanes and strategic connections; a Complete Streets re-design for Washington Boulevard as the area’s main spine; a comprehensive network of bike routes and bike facilities; more frequent and improved crosswalks for pedestrian priority and other neighborhood protection measures; an expanded transit oriented development district with a new specific plan; and a robust transit demand management program ultimately for city-wide application.

The Visioning Study was unanimously approved by the Culver City City Council.