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Downtown L.A. stadium developer lays out parking, transit plans

September 26, 2011 |  4:44 pm

Preliminary renderings of the planned Farmers Field show a design that's in keeping with the AEG template - shiny and conventional. -- PHOTOGRAPHER: AEG
Los Angeles lawmakers Monday got their first peek at a transportation plan for the proposed 72,000-seat football stadium in downtown Los Angeles.

In a presentation to a City Council committee, a transportation consultant for the project’s developer, Anschutz Entertainment Group, laid out preliminary proposals on how to ease traffic congestion and improve public transit near the stadium. He described a parking strategy that would direct game-day drivers to parking zones based on the direction they’re traveling from and explained plans for an AEG-funded expansion of a light rail station on Pico Boulevard.

He did not discuss broad measures to encourage football fans to use public transportation to get to the stadium, even though a bill passed by state legislators earlier this month requires AEG to reduce car traffic.

As a part of the bill, which limits the time line for legal challenges to the project, AEG must build a carbon-neutral stadium with more public transit users than any other stadium in the country. William Delvac, an attorney for AEG, said that in order to meet the carbon-neutral requirement, the firm may purchase carbon offset credits from eco-friendly projects nearby that do work to mitigate global warming.

The transportation plan is still a work in progress and will be released as part of AEG’s environmental impact report in January, Delvac said.

Michael Bates, the transportation consultant, said his staff is working with the Department of Transportation to study traffic patterns at 180 intersections and 45 freeway ramps in the vicinity of the stadium.

They’re also looking at parking.

Bates estimates 81.5% of fans would drive to weekend games, meaning that about 19,500 parking spots would be required on a game day.

He expects there to be plenty of parking and said that in 2016, when AEG hopes to open the stadium, there should be some 38,350 parking spaces available downtown.

But City Councilman Ed Reyes asked why Bates’ parking maps did not include parking west of the 110  Freeway in Pico-Union, even though the area is steps from the stadium and is already used as a place to park by visitors to AEG’s Staples Center.

Reyes, who represents Pico-Union, said it appeared that consultants were “not focusing on the impact on this side of the freeway.” He asked Bates and Delvac to make sure that residents there are heard on issues such as traffic because their lives stand to be disrupted.

“Their eyes and ears are just as important,” Reyes said.

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-- Kate Linthicum at Los Angeles City Hall

Photo: Preliminary rendering of the planned Farmers Field in downtown Los Angeles. Credit: AEG

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