L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti said that the city takes pride in serving as a testing ground for mobility solutions. Garcetti worked with City Council member Bob Blumenfield to create the zone designation in Woodland Hills.
The first pilot project to launch this year is a zero-emissions, last-mile delivery service that connects individuals homebound by the coronavirus pandemic to food from local businesses.
A second pilot project, to launch in the spring, will create mini-mobility hubs throughout the Warner Center campus.
“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,” Garcetti said in a statement.
“There's no place in L.A. as perfect as the Warner Center to test innovative transportation technology,” Blumenfield said in a statement. “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, the transportation solutions accelerator launched by Garcetti in November of last year.