The Los Angeles Department of Transportation released a report titled “Changing Lanes: A Gender Equity Transportation Study” on July 30 and announced a new pilot program for on-demand stops for its DASH service.
The study identifies barriers for women who depend on public transit. The LADOT seeks to achieve gender equity throughout the department as part of a directive by Mayor Eric Garcetti. Los Angeles City Council President Nury Martinez, 6th District, also requested that the LADOT make changes to transit operations to better address the needs of women.
The pilot program, which will debut in August on the Panorama City, Watts, Pico-Union and El Sereno Community DASH routes, will allow riders to request a location to disembark along their route, separate from established bus stop locations.
The department selected initial routes for the DASH pilot based upon ridership levels, route times and the proportion of riders who identify as women.
“Our transportation systems need to work for everyone, but we can’t make our services more inclusive until we focus on improving the experience for women,” Garcetti said. “By taking a careful look at where we fall short today, this study points the way toward a more equitable system moving forward.”
The LADOT commissioned the Changing Lanes report with the explicit objective of prioritizing equity in transportation planning and design. The study focuses on low-income, women of color and communities in three Los Angeles neighborhoods: Sun Valley, Watts and Sawtelle – chosen, in part, due to their high proportions of residents who are Black, indigenous and people of color, and female workers living in households without cars.
“Representation matters,” LADOT General Manager Seleta Reynolds said. “We cannot accept the status quo that leaves half the population stranded. We can all rise together by understanding that changing lanes will change everyone’s lives for the better.”
For information and to read the full report, visit ladot.lacity.org/changinglanes.
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