How AEG Plans to Avoid Carmegeddon at Its Proposed Downtown Stadium [UPDATED]
AEG's proposed NFL stadium downtown would have 73,000 seats and it could bring nearly 20,000 cars downtown during weekend events.
So just how does the company plan on avoiding Carmageddon? Today the company released a 10,000-page environmental impact report at a press conference today (which will deal with issues other than traffic), so we're sure there will be more details trickling out—and we'll keep you updated.
For now, here's a summary of what we know about how the company will deal with the traffic that will be generated by the masses coming downtown to cheer for, uh, Our Team:
Freeway: AEG says it will pay $2.5 million to add a lane onto the northbound 101 Freeway starting at the interchange with 110 Freeway and ending at Alvarado Street.
Parking: There are 50,000 existing parking spaces within a 20-minute walk of the proposed stadium, and the company plans to build 1,000 more spots in two garages.
Surface streets: AEG says it will pay to improve 73 intersections that will get clogged before and after game time at the stadium.
Shuttle: Like the Hollywood Bowl shuttle program, AEG plans to launch bus shuttles at parking lots far off-site (but we're not sure where).
Biking: AEG will add 250 bicycle stalls to parking areas.
Walking: AEG wants to build wide sidewalks around Farmers Field so that there isn't a pedestrian bottleneck, too.
Light rail: AEG says it will commit to paying $10 million to expand a light rail platform at 11th and Hope Streets. It wants to double the size of the Pico Boulevard platform for the Blue Line. It is asking the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Metrolink to add more cars to lines on game days.
There's An App For That: AEG wants to create a smartphone app that would help fans buy tickets, a ride on Metrolink, reserve a parking spot near the stadium and get to their seat quickly. AEG President and CEO Tim Leiweke told The Daily News "We start with that ticket purchase. That's where we are going to train them to think differently than (using) their car."
What do you think, Los Angeles? What else should the plan take into consideration to keep from turning downtown into a parking lot on game days?
UPDATE: You can check out the 10,000-page environmental impact report here.
It's probably going to take a little bit of time to sift through the document but the City Maven noted how the report estimates the traffic stats:
Of the 70,000 fans who would attend a weekend game, the EIR found 58,680 people would arrive in 19,560 cars. Those cars would be directed to one of the 45,756 off-street parking spots located within a 15-20 minute walk of the stadium. Another 10,800 fans would take public transit and 2,520 people would walk or bike to the game.
City News Service says the report describes the improvements listed above as "spot" improvements to get through "peaks" on game days. AEG is not proposing to pay for improvements that will generally improve traffic downtown.
The report says: "It is not practical or feasible to provide additional freeway or roadway infrastructure improvements just to handle event traffic for short periods of time. Transportation impacts at Event Centers and stadiums due to these temporarily high peaks are therefore normal, are typically expected, and are generally accepted by event attendees.''
You, the public, have 45 days to comment, although Councilman Bill Rosendahl said he wanted to double that time period since it's such a big project. After public comment is over, lawyers have 175 days to challenge the project.