LA Department of Transportation launches new public web map

Sean Dudley
Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley on 09 July 2015
LA Department of Transportation launches new public web map

A new public web map is showing citizens how the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) is helping to empower smart communities and transform streets through spatially strategic investments.

Built on the Esri ArcGis platform, which runs on Microsoft technology, the web map forms part of LADOT’s People St programme, which has a focus on low-cost, high-return mobility projects including pavement extensions and the introduction of new plazas.

The department partners with communities in Los Angeles and shares costs and responsibilities.

“Minor changes in how we balance streets so they are more conducive to multimodal transportation choices – such as people walking, bicycling, taking transit, and enjoying the sidewalk environment – have positive effects on neighborhoods, from business vitality to social gathering,” said Valerie Watson, a LADOT active transportation planner and urban designer. “The power of the map is that it allows people to explore how current and future People St projects fit into and enhance the bigger picture of mobility in Los Angeles.”

LADOT hopes community leaders and the public use the People St web map to identify parts of their neighbourhood that may benefit from pavement extensions or plaza installations, before then applying for the programme.

The map pulls City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), and County of Los Angeles data into a single view, providing an overarching view of the City’s transportation infrastructure network, as well as parks and other public open space.

Users can toggle between views of existing and future Metro rail lines, bicycle facilities and street designations.

“This kind of information can often appear complex and confusing with other mapping tools,” Watson said. “ArcGIS Online makes it easy to digest this data in incredibly informative ways.”

Watson added: “The whole network view shows how making strategic placemaking investments and focusing limited resources around certain corridors throughout the city, where they are most needed, can accommodate a multimodal future.”

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