In a unanimous vote taken on February 1, the Culver City Council approved the addition of dedicated mobility lanes to a 1.3-mile corridor between Duquesne and La Cienega Avenues.
The mobility lanes - which will be available for use by cyclists, scooter riders, emergency vehicles, and buses - will repurpose existing right-of-way along Washington and Culver Boulevards, linking Downtown Culver City with Culver City Station and the Arts District.
The "quick-build" project will require little physical infrastructure to implement. After restriping segments of Washington and Culver Boulevards to realign vehicle traffic, the mobility lanes are expected to debut by May.
Culver City intends to couple the mobility lanes with an investment in improved transit service along the corridor. In addition to a new circulator bus lane, which is planned to launch concurrently with the mobility lanes, plans call for upgrades to three bus stops at City Hall, Culver City Station, and the Arts District.
Microtransit service, which could also make use of the mobility lanes, is expected to launch at a future date.
Plans for the mobility lanes grew out of a 2017 TOD Visioning Study which proposed several measures to improve traffic circulation in Culver City - including a "complete streets" makeover of Washington Boulevard which would include dedicated lanes for buses and cyclists.
The recommendations of that study have since been adopted as a roadmap for a MOVE Culver City, a separate project which aims to re-envision the city's streets as public spaces focused on the pedestrian experience. Future projects of a similar nature are planned for Sepulveda and Jefferson Boulevards.
Click here for a look at detailed plans for the mobility lanes along Washington and Culver Boulevards.