LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced the city’s first Transportation Technology Innovation Zone, an area where innovators can test their transportation technology solutions in the heart of our communities. Located in the West San Fernando Valley, this zone is a product of a partnership between Mayor Garcetti and City Councilmember Bob Blumenfield, designed to transform Warner Center into one of L.A.’s mobility innovation and workforce development hubs.
“Transportation and technology each have the ability to connect communities, create jobs, and contribute to progress on sustainability, equity, and economic growth — and Los Angeles takes pride in serving as a testing ground for dynamic and innovative mobility solutions,” said Mayor Garcetti. “The first-ever Transportation Technology Innovation Zone will unite local businesses, workers, and inventors around how to revolutionize mobility in the West Valley, and it will serve as a model for what’s possible as more zones come online in areas across Los Angeles.”
"There's no place in L.A. as perfect as the Warner Center to test innovative transportation technology," said Councilmember Blumenfield. "Since we rolled out the Warner Center 2035 Specific Plan, the City's boldest and greenest specific plan, the Warner Center has become the focus of intense residential and commercial development. I am proud the Warner Center will be the City's first Transportation Technology Innovation Zone and I hope our exciting transportation pilot programs will help lay the blueprints for this City's green, transit friendly future."
The Transportation Technology Innovation Zone is one of the flagship programs of Urban Movement Labs (UML), the transportation solutions accelerator launched by Mayor Garcetti in November 2019.
Through one of its flagship programs, the Ideas Accelerator, UML met with community members, businesses, and innovators in the Warner Center this past winter to design and choose the Transportation Technology Innovation Zone’s first pilot project: a zero-emissions, last mile delivery service that connects individuals homebound by the pandemic to food from local businesses. The second pilot project is expected to launch in Spring 2021, featuring mini-mobility hubs throughout the Warner Center campus.
“L.A. is at the forefront of the mobility revolution in our country and across the globe,” said Lilly Shoup, Interim Executive Director of Urban Movement Labs. “With initiatives like the Urban Movement Labs, which accelerates transportation solutions, and the Open Mobility Foundation, which gives policymakers the digital tools they need to govern emerging mobility, Mayor Garcetti and LADOT are leading the conversation on how to embed equity, sustainability, and accessibility into our urban mobility future.”
On its one year anniversary, UML has now become a standalone 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. The Mayor’s Office, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, the Port of L.A., and Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) will continue to serve as strategic advisors and key partners to UML. MoceanLab, Tortoise, and Automotus have joined founding private sector partners, Avis Budget Group, Lyft, Waymo, Verizon, and L.A. Cleantech Incubator, as well.
UML’s newly appointed board comprises visionaries from the mobility innovation industry. They include Ashley Hand, co-founder of Cityfi; Justine Johnson, mobility strategist at Ford Smart Mobility; Veronica Siranosian, Vice President at AECOM Ventures; Francis Pollara, Director of Strategy and Development at UML; Lilly Shoup, Interim Executive Director of UML; and Julia Thayne, Associate Director of Mobility Innovation at Mayor Garcetti’s Office. For more information about Urban Movement Labs, including opportunities to work for and work with the team, visit www.urbanmovementlabs.com.