Facts Are In – City’s Own Data Drops for MOVE

At more than 80 pages, no one can say there isn’t enough information, or that details were overlooked. The Culver City MOVE Project Post-Pilot Report for April 2023 is out, and it’s exhaustive. From the Executive Summary, “The project team continually observed the impacts through a robust transparent project monitoring program for a pilot period of one year. Throughout the pilot period, the project team collected quantitative data to measure impacts to all modes (walking, biking, transit, and driving) and its effects on the surrounding community.”

It’s a thorough job, and it takes down the often-heard argument that the project is bad for business. The sales receipts for the downtown Culver City area are up. “When adjusted for inflation, revenue of businesses located on the MOVE Culver CityCorridor (measured via sales tax receipts) has grown since 2019, while citywide business revenues are unchanged.”

The questions asked by the recent city-sponsored survey are also addressed. “Most of the residents who say they are opposed to the project cite a perceived increase in traffic congestion as their main concern.” The key word in that sentence is ‘perceived.’ the data showed that the length of time added to a car trip was only two minutes.

With the agenda for April 24, 2023 City Council meeting posted, MOVE is item A-1, and includes a staff report, discussion of approaches and design, and authorization to proceed with the next phase. 

To read the full report, go to moveculvercity.com/

Judith Martin-Straw 

The Actors' Gang