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Riding Through Change: LA’s Post-COVID Transit Trends

Date 2 days ago
Reading Time 2 Mins Read
Riding Through Change: LA’s Post-COVID Transit Trends How LA Metro increased productivity and efficiency during a decline in ridership In the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, public transit systems worldwide face unprecedented challenges with reduced ridership and changing commuter behavior. While many cities struggle with slow recovery, Los Angeles is a unique case, showing increased productivity despite lower passenger numbers….
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May is Bike Month!

Date 2 weeks ago
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May is Bike Month! Numerous events, for cycling enthusiasts everywhere, mark the arrival of National Bike Month. Biking isn’t just a mode of transportation; for many it’s a lifestyle that embodies a commitment to wellness and environmental stewardship. As spring blooms around us, there’s no better time for people of all ages to embrace the joy of cycling, enjoy a…
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Keeping Cool: The Power of Urban Trees

Date 1 month ago
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As average temperatures in many US cities continue to climb and debilitating heat events become more frequent, the importance of green spaces and shade in urban environments has become increasingly evident. National Heatstroke Prevention Day, observed earlier this month on May 1st, serves as a crucial reminder of the risks posed by excessive heat, particularly in densely populated cities like…
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Put the Phone Away or Pay: Stop Driving Distracted

Date 2 months ago
Reading Time 2 Mins Read
Distracted driving presents itself in various forms, but one of the most prevalent and dangerous behaviors is texting, scrolling or using cell phones (and on-board screens) while driving. As advocates for safer mobility for everyone, we believe it’s crucial to raise awareness, encourage safe driving behavior on the road, and reverse this worrying and dangerous trend. The Put the Phone…
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Can AI transform road safety in California?

Date 4 months ago
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Like most of the US, California grapples with road safety. With ever larger cars clogging busy urban roads California seeks innovative solutions to curb traffic crashes and reduce congestion. Among many efforts to improve the road network and our behavior, significant opportunities might be found in the application of artificial intelligence (AI) to these problems. By utilizing AI’s capabilities to…
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Unveiling the LA Metro Owl Service System Map

Date 8 months ago
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We are excited to announce the launch of the LA Metro Owl Service Map – a new transit map showcasing bus services that operate between 12-4 AM. This product informs commuters who depend on public transit during late night hours.  The Owl Map demonstrates Metro’s commitment to continuously improve access to reliable, 24/7 public transit options. DCR collaborated with Metro’s Service…
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Everyone Deserves Safe Streets

Date 11 months ago
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Between 2019 and 2022, the number of pedestrian fatalities increased nearly 20%, as reported in detail by Governors Highway Safety Association in their new Pedestrian Traffic Fatalities report. There were over 7,500 pedestrian fatalities in 2022, which is the highest number since 1981. Unless we take action to improve and implement new safety infrastructure, this devastating trend is projected to…
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LA Metro’s Regional Connector

Date 12 months ago
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DCR has collaborated with LA Metro over the past few months to re-design and update the majority of its customer-facing maps, triggered by Regional Connector, a significant new enhancement to the Metro Rail network. The Regional Connector is a nearly 2 mile long underground rail project that adds three new stations to the Metro network and increases the rail connections…
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Finnish Tech in LA

Date 1 year ago
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Last week, DCR was honored to be invited to be part of a discussion between a Finnish Smart City business and research delegation and the City of LA, to talk about opportunities to decarbonize Los Angeles. The event took place at the Finnish Consulate in Los Angeles. Part of the aim of this event was to introduce Finnish solutions that…
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Discover the Joy of Cycling this May

Date 1 year ago
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Last year, DCR worked with Rideshare to develop an online bike map web app. This tool is great for planning a local or regional bike trip, and learning more about the opportunities of biking in SLO County. This spring, we continued our collaboration by designing and producing a set of durable, portable printed bike maps for SLO County.
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