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Keeping Up with Community Trends

Photo credit: USC Alumni Real Estate Network

Photo credit: USC Alumni Real Estate Network

One community trend is the transit renaissance in Los Angeles. Dima and I attended an event at which Philip Washington, the new CEO of Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, spoke about five mega-trends affecting the future of transportation in Los Angeles:

1.     Funding is crucial, but sustainable funding is a struggle. Funding comes from federal, local, and private institutions.

2.     Safety and security are priorities. Our infrastructure needs to be reliable for the next 100 years.

3.     Workforce and lifestyle changes affect travel behavior.

4.     Demographic shifts, such as gentrification, should be addressed as transit-oriented development breaks ground.

5.     By accelerating technological advances, we can better serve the public. Uber and Metro are partnering to provide access to the new Expo line.

Photo credit: USC Alumni Real Estate Network

Photo credit: USC Alumni Real Estate Network

Washington’s points set the stage for a potential ballot measure, expected to go to LA County voters in the November ballot. It would raise $120 billion over a 40-year period to fund transportation infrastructure maintenance and construction. The measure would augment Measure R—the current half-cent sales tax—by an additional half-cent. It would also extend the sales tax by another 18 years. More details regarding the plan can be found here.

RSG keeps up with trends affecting communities. To learn more about how RSG’s knowledge can benefit your project, call us today.

Written by Jeff Khau, a Senior Analyst at RSG

Photo credit: USC Alumni Real Estate Network

Photo credit: USC Alumni Real Estate Network

Can Car Sharing Be Used to Reduce Congestion and Increase Sustainability?

I attended the LA Auto Show a couple of weeks ago. It made me think about the future of the auto industry as well as the need to reduce emissions and congestion. Car sharing could be a viable option for accomplishing a number of objectives.

More people sharing vehicles through carpooling or services like Uber means fewer cars on the road and decreases the demand for the total number of cars produced each year. Each car would be used more and spend less time sitting idle. This would decrease costs to consumers.

Emissions can be reduced with a combination of clean technology and the reduction in production. Smog layers and traffic jams could become phenomena of the past.

At first the idea of sharing cars may seem like an unattainable goal. However, as more communities embrace the idea and overcome shortcomings, more communities will catch on. Uber (and other similar companies) can be used as an example as baby steps from exclusively individual car ownership to an increase in shared cars.

For example, Carsharing, a membership-based service often run by private companies or non-profit organizations, gives people access to shared vehicles for short-term use. Automated, self-driving cars are on the horizon, and conventional cars in a city replaced by a fleet of shared self-driving vehicles could achieve the objectives above. Cities can make the most of this trend by preparing for the different infrastructural demands of a car sharing system.

Written by Brett Poirier, a new Research Assistant at RSG