Garcetti announces test zone for transportation technology

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Mayor Eric Garcetti on Tuesday announced the creation of the first transportation technology innovation zone in Los Angeles, an area where innovators can test their transit solutions.

Located in the Canoga Park and Woodland Hills areas of the western San Fernando Valley, the area is the result of a partnership between Garcetti and City Councilor Bob Blumenfield to transform the Warner Center into hubs of innovation. in terms of workforce mobility and development.


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  • Mayor Garcetti announced the first transportation technology innovation zone in Los Angeles
  • The zone will bring together businesses, workers and inventors and serve as a model for more zones that could be brought online across LA
  • The area is one of the flagship programs of Urban Movement Labs, the accelerator of transport solutions initiated by Garcetti
  • The second pilot project should be launched in the spring, with mini mobility hubs

“Transportation and technology each have the ability to connect communities, create jobs and contribute to progress in sustainability, equity and economic growth, and Los Angeles is proud to serve as a testing ground for dynamic and innovative mobility solutions, ”said Garcetti.

The zone will bring together local businesses, workers and inventors and serve as a model for more zones that could be brought online in Los Angeles, the mayor said.

“There is no place in LA as perfect as the Warner Center to test innovative transportation technology,” said Blumenfield. “Since we rolled out the Warner Center 2035 Specific Plan, the city’s most daring and environmentally friendly specific plan, the Warner Center has become the center of intense residential and commercial development. “

The area is one of the flagship programs of Urban Movement Labs, the transport solutions accelerator initiated by Garcetti in November 2019.

Through his Idea Accelerator initiative, Garcetti said UML officials met with community members, business owners and innovators at the Warner Center last winter to design and select the first Zone Pilot: A zero-emission, last-mile delivery service that connects people confined to their homes by the COVID-19 pandemic to food from local businesses.

The second pilot project is expected to launch in the spring, with mini mobility centers across the Warner Center campus.


“LA is at the forefront of the mobility revolution in our country and around the world,” said Lilly Shoup, interim executive director of UML.

On the occasion of its first anniversary, UML became an independent, non-profit organization. The mayor’s office, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, the Port of Los Angeles and Los Angeles Global Airports will continue to serve as strategic advisers and key partners for UML, Garcetti said.

MoceanLab, Tortoise and Automotus have joined private sector founding partners Avis Budget Group, Lyft, Waymo, Verizon and LA Cleantech Incubator to help as well.

UML’s newly appointed board of directors includes industry experts in mobility innovation, such as Ashley Hand, co-founder of Cityfi; Justine Johnson, mobility strategist at Ford Smart Mobility; Veronica Siranosian, Vice President of AECOM Ventures; Francis Pollara, Director of Strategy and Development at UML; and Julia Thayne, Associate Director of Mobility Innovation in the Garcetti office.

For more information on Urban Movement Labs, visit www.urbanmovementlabs.com.


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