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How LA plans to be the transportation tech capital of the world

June 09, 2021 00:00 AM UTC
- Updated June 29, 2021 17:41 PM UTC

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti is joined by the Mayor of Stockholm to discuss the mission to fight climate change.

with the expansion of Ella's Metro can L. A. Ever be a city where people don't need cars for day to day life like Manhattan for example. Well I sure hope so and people forget the biggest thing to do that is not building out necessarily the billions of dollars of new transit, which we're doing. Um It's not necessarily, you know, making everybody have to take public transportation. It's building more self contained neighborhoods. Good urban planning. Stockholm knows this is a beautiful city. You can walk to where you can work, eat, Play live. We need to have communities that aren't just built for cars. So in the old days when I grew up in Los Angeles, it was only 20 minutes to drive anywhere. So it's okay if you had a job in this neighborhood, you want to eat in that neighborhood, your friends lived over there, you lived here. Um increasingly you can't do that. And so good urban planning that mixes uses put those things together. Things like telecommuting, which I think will come out of the pandemic. Doing much more of these things can help us contribute to making sure that we don't always just get in the car for everywhere. Everything that we do while we build out a system that for instance when we finish our subway line that will go from West Los Angeles to downtown, it will be 20 minutes From the campus of useless to downtown. You couldn't flora car at two am on a freeway and get there in 20 minutes. So that will help and contribute to folks having some options to. Absolutely. Um I'd love to talk a little bit more about partnerships with the business community. Obviously we have a big audience full of ceos here. How can they help you? What do you need from them? Mary your meals. Do you want to talk about that first? Just to work together with the cities and the policymakers and academia together to create uh, roadmaps with specific targets and goals are measurable that we can set and work together to fulfill. And we do that, for example, in our city we have a climate pact together with 300 companies and organizations where we work to get together both to share best practice, but of course also to work to solve solutions within the city uh and also to work to innovate because as men, we often want our cities to be testbed And it's much difficult in a on a national level, but we can really provide, you know, citizens engagement for example. Now we have sensors that are on people's bikes together with a project with the 40 where the citizens are very active to measure quality, for example, and then they bring it to one of our universities and the city and we can collaborate and that is a business idea. So that's just one example to use the city? S test that to work together with partnerships with packed and to have this clear set gulf. I think that it was me that ahead because I think that now the engagement from the business community is so great. So we need to use that momentum. Yes, I agree on and I share that same vision of really letting cities be these, these hotbeds of experimentation. My ambition is to make Los Angeles the transportation technology capital of America, if not the world, um to be able to offer, for instance, through our urban mobility labs, which is a cutting edge initiative where we literally are giving companies different environments, a closed campus, like an airport, a semi closed campus, like a university residential neighborhood and then a part of downtown where we literally say, you can test your project, you can test your product, you can test your technology on real streets that mirror all sorts of different environments around the world. Um, we're doing this at the port of L. A. We're working with incredible companies on the hydrogen side and on the battery technology side to revolutionize trucks in this world and to work with a green ports coalition that we've convened around the world to look at how we can make the supply chain much greener as well. We also are doing things around new mobility. I mentioned micro transit, but other examples are, you know, are Blue L. A. Um, uh, car sharing system, which is electric cars for our lower income residents parked in some of our densest neighborhoods and capital projects is the last place I would say come to Los Angeles and do P threes with us, where we say, here's the problem we want to solve. We're not going to prescribe the engineering solution you bring the brilliance of your ideas. Maybe it's a different mode of transit, Maybe it's a different way to engineer it through this pathway and tell us how you would get there. And it's been immensely successful to really unleash a lot of creativity from the private sector to help us get to those goals of revolutionizing transportation. And we're doing that with energy as well.