Civic Projects is a strategic planning consulting firm that brings together forward thinking public policy and private sector innovation in mobility, urban planning, research, design and project integration. Civic Projects has DBE/SBE certification in California.
For client SCAG (Southern California Association of Governments) and the City of Hawthorne, the project team led by AECOM proposed a network of bicycle, NEV (Neighborhood Electric Vehicle) and pedestrian infrastructure improvements, including appropriate signalization and markings at dangerous crossings and intersections. The goal was benefits to quality of life that would result from more residents and workers commuting by light rail and using active transportation. The key focus was on multi-layered solutions to the “first/last mile problem” of getting to and from the station, and reducing GHG emissions.
Civic Projects’ contribution included outreach, research and the design of a broad-based, self-sustaining strategy for electric charging, and a program for a shared “first/last mile” fleet of Neighborhood Electric Vehicles (NEV’s). The roadmap for pilot program funding, design, and long-term sustainability were within this scope. The Metro Crenshaw Green Line station was at the heart of the project area, and the team’s goal was to achieve better connectivity between local employment centers, including Spacex, and the light rail station, as well as to invigorate local retail and, importantly, improve conditions for Hawthorne and Inglewood residents. By making station access safer and more appealing, Metro would become a better transportation option than cars. The project team also analyzed local origins and destinations as the basis for a bicycle and NEV route network that included a dedicated shared NEV and bicycle ROW along the Dominguez Channel. The Dominguez Channel offered an opportunity for much needed green space along the length of the Spacex facility and beyond.