The Los Angeles Equity Atlas outlines a framework to understand the opportunity that the voter-approved $40 billion expansion of the Los Angeles County transit system represents. It maps the connections between transit and jobs, housing and community resources. It builds a case for investing in greater access to opportunities for all in the development around the new transit lines. And it establishes a baseline for measuring equitable outcomes as the transit network is built out. Most importantly, The Los Angeles Equity Atlas provides the vision along with a checklist of outcomes that we should all be thinking about.
Mobility, Access and Connectivity: For the expanded transportation system to be functional, people have to be able to easily get to it.
- Los Angeles County residents spend more of their income on transportation than the national average.
- Today there are about 763,000 people living within walking distance of frequent transit.
- When expansion is completed that number will nearly double to over 1.4 million.
- The number of jobs within walking distance of transit will more than double to 1,485,000.
Affordable Housing and Neighborhood Change: For the expanded transportation system to achieve both environmental and equity goals, jobs and affordable housing have to remain nearby.
- Locating jobs and housing near the transit network can reduce car trips and congestion.
- Residents in low-income neighborhoods take the most train and/or bus trips.
- Core riders can be inadvertently displaced when a lack of affordable housing options pushes them out of newly transit-rich communities.
Economic and Workforce Development:For the expanded transportation system to be well used, supporting bus lines and schedules have to be coordinated.
- Los Angeles County will be more prosperous if it better connects workers with jobs.
- Higher wage jobs in Los Angeles are currently more densely located than low- or middle-wage jobs.
- In some areas, the expanded transit system does not directly connect to some of today’s major employment centers.
Healthy Communities: For the expanded transportation system to positively impact the creation of healthy communities, we need to integrate community health factors in the planning process.
- Reduced car trips can positively impact public health by reducing the pollution that contributes to chronic diseases like asthma.
- Transit also encourages the return of daily walking or biking.
- Transit commuters are four times more likely than drivers to walk.
Get onboard: Let’s Put the Los Angeles Equity Atlas to Work!
Through collaboration we can ensure an equitable and sustainable Los Angeles.
- Download the summary report to share with your elected officials and tell them you care about building a healthy, livable community.
- View the full equity atlas by clicking the link below.
- Vote for what you feel are the best ways to build a healthy Los Angeles by clicking on the Atlas Survey button below.