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    Congestion Pricing on the Westside and Beyond (NON-MEMBERS-use this form to register)

    Friday, May 17, 2019 at 07:15 AM
    Helms Design Center in Culver City , CA

    Even as the Los Angeles area has invested billions of dollars in public transit, traffic congestion has only worsened, especially on the jobs-rich Westside. Now, Los Angeles officials are turning to a solution that economists and some planners have advocated for years: congestion pricing. Used in overseas cities including Singapore and London, congestion pricing has gotten a chilly reception in the United States. It is now getting serious consideration, though, and the Westside may turn out to be Ground Zero in the congestion pricing revolution -- for better or worse.

    The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) recently released the first of many studies evaluating congestion pricing in a 4.3 square mile area of West LA and Santa Monica, just west of the 405 and north of the 10.  They found that it could significantly cut down traffic jams and commute times. $4 -- the price of a latte -- seems to be the right price to cut commute times by 20%.

    For professionals commuting to Silicon Beach and Century City, that latte could be a smart investment. But for blue-collar workers who often travel the longest distances and make relatively little money, congestion pricing could be an undue burden, no matter how much it improves the commute.

    Is congestion pricing a planner’s  fantasy or is it the real solution that LA—including the Westside—needs?

    Kim Christensen, Land Use Chairperson, West of Westwood Homeowners Association
    Michael Manville, Associate Professor of Urban Planning, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs
    Tham Nguyen, Metro Office of Extraordinary Innovation
    Asiyahola Sankara, Organizing & Outreach Program Manager, Act LA

    Carter Rubin, Mobility and Climate Advocate, Natural Resources Defense Council

    *Additional panelists to be announced.

    Helms Design Center @ the Helms Bakery campus
    8745 Washington Blvd.
    Culver City, CA  90232
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    Available in the adjacent, interior parking garage at 8711 Washington Blvd., Culver City (look for the red banners), or ample street parking, or via the Expo Light Rail line, one block to the east of Helms Bakery.


    7:15am  Registration
    7:30am  Breakfast
    7:45am  Panel Discussion

    $50  members
    $65  nonmembers
    $10  student members
    $15  student nonmembers

    Pre-registration closes on Wednesday, May 15, 2019.  After May 15, 2019 and at onsite registration the cost will be an additional $10.  No refunds or credits will be provided after this date.