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Sustainable South Bay: An Integrated Land Use and Transportation Strategy

Funded by LA Metro Applied regression and case study analyses to determine the factors that cause a higher capture rate of commercial centers and walking mode choice by adjacent residents. Business density measure as businesses per acre was found to be the most influential factor. Mix and variety of destinations also play a role but impact was not quantified. The findings were synthesized into the Sustainable South Bay Strategy which was adopted by the SBCCOG’s Board of Directors in 2010.

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South Bay Transportation Performance Study

Funded by SCAG Established baseline knowledge about how previous infill development performs from a transportation perspective. Based on survey research of households in 8 neighborhoods to determine capture rate by the nearest commercial center and mode to center. Found that the characteristics of commercial centers result in different capture rates of trips originating in the adjacent neighborhood. Produced a data base of transportation behavior used in the 2017 CAP.

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Local Use Vehicle (LUV) Demonstration Project 

The LUV Project tested the effectiveness of using 100% electric, zero emission local use vehicles (LUV) that are small, short range and low speed for taking ‘local’ trips around South Bay neighborhoods. Many of the trips taken by South Bay residents and businesses today are less than 3 miles and are typically driven in long range, full size, full speed vehicles powered by the internal combustion engine. Why Local Use Vehicles?

Demonstration & Preliminary Evaluation | Summary | Full Report

Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Demonstration Project 

The SBCCOG has demonstrated Neighborhood Electric Vehicles (NEVs) in their Local Use Vehicle (LUV) program with about 100 drivers and found that NEVs can provide on an average 26% of the total commuter trips and 23 to 33% emission reductions. As a next step, the SBCCOG began to explore electric vehicles that could operate for longer ranges with a new program – Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Demonstration Project. Similar to the LUV program, the BEV program rotated vehicles among South Bay residents providing an opportunity for people to use an electric vehicle in their everyday life.

Board of Directors PresentationFinal Report

Assessing the Multi-Unit Dwelling (MUD) Barrier to Plug-in Electric Vehicle Adoption in the South Bay: Final Project Report 

The purpose of the following report is to explore the MUD barrier to PEV adoption within the South Bay subregion in Los Angeles County and identify MUDs within the study area that may exhibit high latent PEV demand and low-cost EVSE installation for the purpose of targeted outreach. Researchers analyzed Los Angeles County Office of the Assessor tax parcel data to understand the MUD portfolio of the South Bay, as well as IHS-Polk Automotive new car registration data to identify census tracts in the South Bay that have exhibited high PEV demand to date. Researchers also visited 27 MUD sites within the South Bay and reviewed 19 EVSE installation cost estimates to evaluate how installation costs can vary across MUD sites.

Abstract & Executive Summary | Final Report

Slow Speed Network Strategic Plan for The South Bay

This Sustainable Transportation Demonstration Project tests and develops strategies of the Countywide Sustainability Planning Policy. The approach to sustainable mobility arrived at here can in the future be replicated elsewhere in the County, as can the methodology to test and valuate recommended improvements and sustainability outcomes. The project’s Evaluation Framework is key to replicability, allowing comparisons between case study areas.

Board of Directors Presentation | Full Report

Route Refinement Study for a South Bay Local Travel Network

Funded by a California Department of Transportation Sustainability Transportation Planning Grant, this project served as a route refinement study to design and then refine a slow-speed network for the South Bay cities of Los Angeles County. Building upon Metro’s 2017 conceptual framework of the “Slow Speed Network Strategic Plan for The South Bay,” this two-year study identified a network of slow-speed, low-stress streets that, with relatively low-cost street treatments, could be improved to accommodate the safe use for the growing market of personal zero-emission micromobility modes.

The proposed “Local Travel Network” (LTN) would support the universe of slow-speed sustainable vehicles (from pedal bikes to e-bikes to e-scooters to neighborhood electric vehicles to three-wheel e-trikes to e-monoboards). These vehicles ultimately would be a more sustainable choice for the vast majority of short trips taken by residents of the South Bay.

Modeling forecasts significant a reduction of vehicle miles traveled (VMT) and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, which supports the efficacy and rationale for implementation of the LTN.

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