Over the past five years, Investing in Place has been a part of collaborative efforts that successfully advocated for hundreds of millions of dollars of public investment in accessible sidewalks, crosswalks, bicycle lanes, bus operations and improvements, safe routes to school and more. Now we need to do the hard work of ensuring that these dollars benefit the communities that need them most and support other goals related to housing, education, economic opportunity, and public health, among others.
We worked with partners across the region to build support for (and pass) the transportation sales tax Measure M. And then we collaborated with allies to see Metro adopt an equity definition based on race and income and fought to prioritize resource allocation based on need. With those hard-earned wins behind us, we now turn to implementation.
Because of this and the work of many of our partners, the LA region is seeing a surge of public investment in its transportation network and that’s great! But we want to make certain that our tax dollars are used to transform our communities instead of ensuring that business as usual marches on. To pursue this inclusive vision, we need a supported, community-grounded constituency - one that is lead by community based organizations and supported with policy, research and legislative advocacy (that’s the role of Investing in Place).
Donations towards our Better Buses for LA campaign support a campaign centered around collaborating with community base building organizations + policy, research, and legislative advocacy to build power for implementation bus only lanes, better bus stops, que jumpers, signal priority, or boarding islands, all door boarding. It is estimated that these types of infrastructure improvements can cut stop times and improve bus speeds by 20% or more.