Evaluation Shows ‘MOVE Culver City’ Transit/Walk/Bike Pilot a Big Hit – Streetsblog Los Angeles
Culver City recently released a mid-pilot evaluation report showing data that confirms the success of the city’s MOVE Culver City project. Located in the city’s downtown, MOVECC reallocated road space away from driving, to instead support public transit, cycling and walking. The evaluation shows that the project has achieved its intentions: increased foot, bicycle and transit ridership, and minimal delays for drivers.
MOVE Culver City was implemented in late 2021. It represents a rare Southern California example of a city that is strategically embracing green transportation at its very core, not just where it is relatively uncontroversial (that is- i.e. where it is unlikely to even modestly delay drivers). Culver City has installed transit, walking and biking improvements exactly where they are needed most. (And some upset drivers have voiced their criticism of MOVECC’s changes.)
MOVECC connects the popular walkable downtown mall – with its restaurants, retail, entertainment and civic center – to the nearby Metro E Line light rail station in the city. The city, which isn’t known for its particularly high ridership levels, reallocated 2.6 miles of traffic lane to a bus-only lane, and added a new Downtown Circulator shuttle. The transit improvements were accompanied by extensive sidewalk extensions that converted the roadway into safe walking space, and just over a mile of protected bike lanes, which connect to the E Line bike path.
Before the project, 100% of the road space was devoted to driving. After implementation, 56% of the space is allocated to green modes of transport.
Also note that MOVECC is a quick build project. The total project cost, including design and outreach, was less than $3 million. Although planning and community outreach began about five years ago, the installation of the project used relatively inexpensive materials: paint, plastic bollards, signage, planters, removable platforms, etc. This allowed the city to install improvements cheaply and quickly, and cheaply tinker with some aspects of the project, in response to activity on the ground.
And, at least so far, MOVE Culver City has worked.
According to the city’s evaluation, MOVE CC resulted in a 52% increase in bus ridership, a 32% increase in cycling, and an 18% increase in walking.
Some sections of the project saw even higher numbers. For example, at the intersection of Culver Boulevard and Main Street, cycling has increased by 98%.
Negative impacts on drivers have been minimal. The assessment shows that although car traffic has increased slightly (six percent) over the past year, journey times are essentially unchanged. During the morning rush, the average driving time improved by one minute. The evening peak experienced an average delay of two minutes.
Responses to the municipal survey showed that people are spending more time in the project area, walking and cycling there more often, and often using the E line of the metro. Respondents felt more comfortable walking, biking and taking public transportation with the Move Culver City improvements in place.
The downtown improvements are intended to be Phase 1, with additional phases of rapid construction planned for Sepulveda Boulevard and Jefferson Boulevard. Culver City has several other initiatives that align with MOVECC, including citywide parking reform, new two-way protected bike lanes, and bike lane improvements.
Read the city’s Move Culver City Assessment Report: one-page fact sheet or full eleven-page report.
But don’t take their word for it. Grab your family, your cousins, maybe your walking shoes and your bike – and take the E line to Culver City Station and see for yourself. The improvements are dramatic.