Transit to Trails takes inner city youth and their families and friends on fun, educational, and healthy trips to parks, rivers, mountains, and beaches.
Transportation is a significant barrier for many residents from low income neighborhoods and communities of color to reach mountains, beaches, and rivers. Many Los Angeles families do not have access to a car, or reliable, inexpensive transit.
Adam Kehoss, a student at Cal State Pomona, has analyzed what it takes to get from park poor parts of L.A. to the mountains by transit or car.
- To go from East L.A. to the Santa Monica Mountains, by transit it costs $2.50 and takes 165 minutes. By car, it costs $20 and takes 46 minutes.
- To go from East L.A. to the Angeles National Forest, by transit it costs $2.50 and takes 119 minutes. By car, it costs $12 and takes 37 minutes.
- To go from South Central L.A. to the Santa Monica Mountains, by transit it costs $2.50 and takes 84 minutes. By car, it costs $18 and takes 41 minutes.
- To go from South Central L.A. to the Angeles National Forest, by transit it costs $2.50 and takes 135 minutes. By car, it costs $22 and takes 80 minutes.
Mr. Kehoss presents his results in the graphs and table below. His analysis highlights the need for Transit to Trails. Click on the images to see a larger version.
Transit to Trails can get people to parks now efficiently and inexpensively. Transit to Trails provides opportunities for youth and their families to learn about water, land, wildlife, and cultural history, and engage in physical activity. It also helps reduce traffic congestion and parking problems, improve air quality, and reduce run-off of polluted water into rivers and the ocean by providing a more accessible public transportation, according to the National Park Service (NPS).
Every agency or group that has spoken on the issue has endorsed Transit to Trails programs. This includes:
- President Barack Obama’s Every Kid in a Park initiative, which includes transportation grants for schools with the greatest need
- NPS study for the San Gabriel Mountains National Recreation Area
- NPS study to expand the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA)
- NPS Healthy Parks Healthy People Community Engagement eGuide
- US Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles River revitalization study
- California Parks Forward Commission
- Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG).
Transit to Trails, which started as a creative partnership between Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority, Anahuak Youth Sports Association, The City Project, and NPS, is building momentum!
Transit to Trails trip to the San Gabriel Mountains with Anahuak Youth Sports Association, The City Project, and US Forest Service.
Graph and chart Adam Kehoss © 2015.