Transportation Planning & Policy

LADOT Transportation Planning & Policy sets and achieves long-term policies and goals for the City’s transportation needs. Transportation planners at LADOT work with the Department of City Planning to develop travel demand projections and define policies to accommodate future conditions in the City of Los Angeles.  

Capital Planning
LADOT plans for resources and develops long-range transportation capital infrastructure plans to improve the efficiency, management, and safety of the City’s transportation network and meet the City’s sustainable mobility goals. LADOT delivers Transportation Capital Improvements that fulfill the City’s immediate transportation needs and support our sister agencies in all areas of surface transportation.

Community Planning
LADOT collaborates with the Department of City Planning to identify what conditions will impact travel in the future and how travel behaviors and volumes will change. LADOT provides transportation planning and engineering expertise to inform the development of the 35 Community Plans, which collectively make up the Land Use Element of the City’s General Plan. The Community Plan program is administered by the Department of City Planning.

Transportation Demand Management Ordinance
LADOT and the Department of City Planning are working on revising the City’s Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Ordinance to incorporate emerging transportation technologies, capture shifting travel preferences, and consider more diverse applications of TDM to adapt the City’s transportation system to account for future mobility needs.

Reforming Transportation Impact Analysis
Following Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s approval of Senate Bill 743, the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) began developing new guidelines for lead agencies to evaluate transportation impacts under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). As the lead agency for evaluating the transportation impacts of projects within the City of Los Angeles, LADOT is currently developing impact assessment methods that shift the measure from automobile delay and level of service (LOS) to vehicle miles traveled (VMT). The updated methodology and transportation impact thresholds will better align transportation-related impacts of development with appropriate mitigation measures.

Transit Neighborhood Plans
In June 2012, The City of Los Angeles, in partnership with Metro, launched an effort to create several Transit Neighborhood Plans (TNPs) that encourages the creation of livable communities and employment centers around the region’s expanding transit network. LADOT works closely with the Department of City Planning to develop TNPs that incorporate transportation infrastructure improvements and foster walkable, bikeable, and people-oriented streets that connect people to transit stations.​​​