Laura Cornejo

Neighborhood Speed Hump Program

Tomorrow, March 21st at 9:00 AM, LADOT will accept applications for the 2024 Residential Speed Hump Program. Speeding on residential streets puts our communities at risk and is a safety concern for all Angelenos. A pedestrian hit by a vehicle going 20 miles per hour has a 90 percent chance of survival, but the likelihood of a pedestrian surviving a crash at 40 miles per hour drops to 20%. That's why LADOT uses every tool available to design streets that are safe for our most vulnerable users.

Speed Humps are a key tool to improve safety and quality of life in Los Angeles neighborhoods. The Residential Speed Hump Program is a petition-based program which ensures community support on a given street. Following initial applications, LADOT engineers will assess applications for feasibility based on factors such as speed, volume of vehicles, and safety needs in order to maximize the impact of limited resources.

I encourage you to take this opportunity to gather all the needed information to apply for this safety treatment. Steps for the application process can be found by visiting the LADOT website.



New Tour Bus Ordinance

New Tour Bus Ordinance Promotes Safer Streets in Hillside Communities

This week, LADOT joined with Councilmember Nithya Raman, LAPD, the Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council, and community leaders to unveil the first signs for the city's new tour bus ordinance. The new ordinance establish regulations on hillside streets to address safety concerns regarding tour bus operations.

Specifically, tour buses are prohibited from entering certain streets which may be too small or are not designed for large vehicles. It also establishes designated areas for vehicles to stop as well as no stopping zones to prevent the impeding of traffic. These regulations are designed to ensure that tour bus operations can operate safely for the benefit of residents, road users, and tourists.



Speed Hump Applications

Speed Hump Applications Open Tomorrow

Beginning tomorrow, March 21, at 9:00 am, residents can apply for speed humps in their neighborhood. LADOT encourages residents to be sure to review the 2024 Speed Hump Program Evaluation Guidelines and the 2024 Speed Hump Program Fact Sheet to determine if their street meets the minimum criteria required for speed hump installation.

Only one application will be accepted per street segment and that applicant will act as the Block Representative and correspond with LADOT staff. Applicants can visit the LADOT website and follow the following instructions to apply:

Step 1: A neighborhood "Block Representative" submits an online application. To ensure there is sufficient support to conduct the initial study, the Block Representative must provide the name, address, and contact information of four additional residents facing the street segment in support of the speed humps. If the application is successfully submitted to the application portal, LADOT will review it for basic eligibility.

Step 2: LADOT conducts a preliminary review of all applications to determine if the requested street segment meets the basic eligibility criteria. Applications that meet the basic requirements will undergo further review to determine feasibility based on the full list of criteria. Once the application has been fully reviewed, LADOT will confirm funding availability.  

Step 3: Once LADOT determines the street segment in an application is feasible, and construction funding is available, LADOT will provide the Block Representative with a “Step 3” Survey of Residents Form. The Block Representative will need to obtain signatures of support for the speed hump installation from at least two-thirds of the affected residences on the street segment to proceed with construction.

For more information and to access the application documents, please visit the LADOT website



Ready for Reseda Celebrates New Bike Lanes

Ready for Reseda Celebrates New Bike Lanes

Last weekend, LADOT presented Ready for Reseda, a neighborhood event powered by CicLAvia to explore the new bike lanes and other safety infrastructure on Reseda Blvd. The community enjoyed an afternoon of activities at two hubs along Reseda, with music, games, and guided bike rides along the three miles of new protected lanes.

The Reseda Blvd Safety Project is a testament to the power of partnership, bringing together three council offices, multiple City departments, and the community and stakeholders of Reseda Blvd. The completed project adds three miles of protected lanes in each direction, which when connected with existing lanes to the north, makes Reseda the longest on-street protected bike facility in LA. The project also added 11 bus boarding islands to speed up travel times for transit riders as well as sidewalk repair and ADA accessible curb ramps to improve Reseda for pedestrians.

LADOT would like to thank our partners at the Department of Public Works for leading this project, our crews for their hard work, and CicLAvia for helping us put on an amazing launch event.



LADOT Supports 39th Los Angeles Marathon

LADOT Supports 39th Los Angeles Marathon

On March 17, LADOT Special Traffic Operations team and Traffic Officers were up before dawn to support the 39th running of the Los Angeles Marathon. This year’s marathon stretched across the City, from Dodger Stadium to Westwood, passing through several iconic Los Angeles neighborhoods and landmarks and requiring incredible coordination and support from our LADOT teams. Thanks for your hard work making this exciting event possible and congratulations to all who ran! 



LADOT Outstanding Performers

LADOT takes pride in highlighting team members committed to our Department mission of moving our City forward. This week, the Los Angeles City Council Transportation Committee acknowledged the outstanding contributions of four LADOT employees:

Lala MehrabianLala Mehrabian, Graphic Designer II

Lala Mehrabian is a highly valued Graphic Designer at LADOT, having joined the department in early 2020. She plays a crucial role in supporting various divisions, bureaus, and operations within LADOT, offering creative guidance for materials such as fact sheets, brochures, and slide decks for public meetings.

Despite facing numerous high-priority projects with tight deadlines, Lala consistently delivers exceptional work while maintaining a professional and composed demeanor. She also extends her expertise beyond her role, stepping up to maintain and update LADOT's websites when needed. Lala is praised for her professionalism, kindness, and leadership qualities, making her a respected figure both within the External Affairs division and across the department.

LADOT expresses our sincere appreciation to Lala for her commitment to excellence and for ensuring the department maintains a polished image.     

Robin QuintanillaRobin Quintanilla, Senior Transportation Planner I

Robin Quintanilla, a Senior Transportation Planner I, has been an invaluable member of the Contract Administration team, providing crucial guidance and support to the Bureau of Transit Services amidst staffing shortages. Her expertise in transportation planning and contracts has been instrumental in managing large contracts vital to Angelenos. 

Robin's dedication was evident during a recent holiday period when she worked tirelessly with the City Attorney and transit staff to resolve a potential issue without service disruptions. She consistently prioritizes her workload effectively, supports colleagues, and ensures a smooth contract approval process, demonstrating both professionalism and a commitment to customer service. We thank Robin for commitment to helping move Los Angeles Forward. 


Letitia SimonLetitia Simon, Transportation Engineering Associate III

Letitia Simon, a Transportation Engineering Associate III in the District Operations Bureau, has been pivotal in spearheading the BEGIN (Black Engineers Growing Inclusion Networks) program at LADOT over the past three years. Recognizing the department's historical challenges in hiring, retaining, and promoting Black engineers, Letitia's initiative focuses on providing career guidance, mentorship, and networking opportunities, particularly targeting Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Under her leadership, the program has nearly doubled the number of Black engineers at LADOT, with a significant portion graduating from HBCUs. Notably, half of these engineers have been promoted, showcasing the program's success in talent retention. Letitia's commitment to equity and inclusion has fostered hope within the community for increased representation in engineering roles. We extend our gratitude to Letitia for her proactive approach in creating inclusive spaces.


Sheila AhorianSheila Ahorian, Transportation Engineering Associate III

Sheila Ahorian is a Transportation Engineering Associate III at the Valley Planning and Development Review Section, where she oversees transportation plans for the Warner Center and Ventura/Cahuenga areas. Her role involves managing reviews and impact assessments for proposed developments within these areas, ensuring adherence to City transportation standards. Since joining LADOT in 2019, Sheila has demonstrated a strong work ethic and dedication to public service, finding innovative ways to maintain engagement with customers and advance reviews despite challenges. Her leadership in the Warner Center Specific Plan has involved collaboration with various stakeholders to promote transit-oriented and pedestrian-friendly environments. Sheila is praised for her unwavering dedication, professionalism, and commitment to excellence. We extend a thank you for her dedication to LADOT, to the City, and to the public!



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