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Revisiting the History of MyFigueroa: Prop 1C Funding and New Housing

by LADOT  |  
June 19, 2018

With MyFigueroa nearing completion, we are revisiting the project's history and how the first planned and complete street in the city of Los Angeles came to be. With this post today, we are taking a look at the history of MyFigueroa's funding.

That history starts in 2008, with the Community Redevelopment Agency Los Angeles (CRA/LA) and a $30 million Proposition 1C grant from the State of California Infill Infrastructure Grant Program through the State Housing and Community Development Department (HCD). Proposition 1C (the Housing and Emergency Shelter Trust Fund Act of 2006) funds infrastructure for new development in urban areas, with the goal of making streets, sidewalks, and transit more accessible for residents of affordable housing.

MyFigueroa is about more than safety and biking between South LA and downtown; it is also about encouraging the development of new housing along the Figueroa corridor and in the entire project area (including 11th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard)—as well as providing new (and safe) transportation options to connect new residents and visitors to transit, parks, and other parts of downtown.

When the project funding was granted, there were at least 12 planned housing developments within the project area, with over 2,200 planned units (338 of those slated to be affordable). Now most of those developments are complete, and the stretch of Figueroa through South Park and towards Exposition Park has already been transformed into a denser, more vibrant area. Parking lots have given way to new businesses and new homes—including the YWCA Los Angeles Jobs Corps Center (Olive and 11th Streets), which provides 200 new units of affordable housing, as well as career technical training for young people.

The same Prop. 1C grant also funded new parks along the corridor, an area historically without enough open space. These include Soboroff Field at Exposition Park and Hope Street Family Center at Venice Boulevard, operated by California Hospital Medical Center.

The transformation of MyFigueroa will provide downtown residents with expanded access to numerous local businesses, places of employment, and public transit hubs within the downtown area.

At a time when Los Angeles is struggling with a housing shortage, making the connection with how new infrastructure can facilitate new housing and denser neighborhoods can help us to develop more housing options. We are looking forward to walking, biking, rolling, and strolling on Figueroa and 11th Streets with all of the new neighbors who have come to Figueroa and the South Park neighborhood along the way!

MyFig Construction Rolls On!

by LADOT  |  
May 04, 2018

It's Spring and MyFig construction rolls on! April was a flurry of activity, and work in May continues to progress toward our grand opening. From storm water management, sidewalk construction, medians, and plantings—our team is working hard to finish this large project. Here are some of the accomplishments and next steps on work along 11th Street and Figueroa.

Work on 11th St has migrated to the south side, with a new catch basin and storm drain system now complete. A surveying crew is currently working between Broadway and Figueroa preparing for the construction of new sidewalks with pedestrian safety improvements, including curb extensions and intersection bump-outs. Demolition of the existing sidewalks and construction of these improvements will happen over the next few weeks.

Meanwhile, on Figueroa, bus platform construction continues, with work on the northbound bus platforms nearly finished. The five northbound bus platforms between Exposition Blvd and 23rd St are already complete, and the remaining five between 11th St and 8th St will be finished shortly. The four southbound bus platforms (between Adams and Exposition Blvd) are currently awaiting railing and bus shelter installation over the upcoming weeks. New curb and gutters for two new medians were installed between Exposition and Jefferson, with median landscaping soon to follow.

Along the sidewalks of Figueroa, new landscaping and trees are currently being planted, and street resurfacing between Exposition Blvd and 30th St has already taken place. Bureau of Street Services will be resurfacing the remaining segments of the MyFig portion of Figueroa incrementally throughout the remainder of the project.

Following the resurfacing, new technologically advanced traffic signal controllers are being installed at each intersection by LADOT. These are the most advanced signal timing and phasing controllers in the city to date. They are the first of their kind to be installed anywhere in Los Angeles. Three intersections received the new signal controllers last week, with the other intersections soon to follow.

Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to stay tuned for additional updates as we get closer to the opening of MyFigueroa!

New traffic control and lane configurations starting March 17

by LADOT  |  
March 16, 2018

MyFigueroa is springing forward! On Figueroa, a new traffic lane configuration is going into effect this weekend (March 17-18) — between Exposition Blvd and 22nd St. This will allow for two northbound and two southbound lanes, while the median islands on this stretch are under construction.

New traffic control will also go into effect on 11th St this weekend (March 17), as construction shifts to the south side of the street. The finishing touches of landscaping seat walls and final concrete repairs are taking place on the north side of 11th St, and on the south side, curb and sidewalk work, installation of stormwater catch basins, and traffic signal improvements will be starting soon.

Work continues on the Figueroa St bus platforms as well, with bus shelters currently being installed on the on the east side of the street and new railings for the bus platforms on the west side coming soon.

Project completion is in sight at the end of Spring. The final street resurfacing and striping on the southern stretch of Figueroa is currently scheduled for mid-April, which will be followed by plantings and the final touches throughout Spring.

New Landscaping on 11th Street and More!

by LADOT  |  
February 21, 2018

MyFigueroa construction wraps up on the north side of 11th Street this month. The newly installed landscaping looks great and complements the completed new sidewalks and pedestrian ramps, making the street more beautiful, safer, and accessible for everyone. Soon, construction will shift to the south side of 11th St, as we continue toward project completion in late spring.

On Figueroa St, construction is about to begin on the final four bus platforms on the west side of the street, between Adams Blvd and Exposition Blvd. On the east side of Figueroa, look out for bus shelters, which will be installed soon. The construction teams are also planting trees all along MyFig in the next few weeks, making way for a more walkable and vibrant Figueroa!

Project completion is anticipated at the end of Spring 2018. Stay tuned for our announcement of a ribbon cutting ceremony coming at the end of spring—we hope you'll join us!

Happy 2018! We'll see you on MyFigueroa this Spring

by LADOT  |  
January 03, 2018

top: Future bus platform in its early stage. bottom: New street light lamp post, wider sidewalk and an ADA-compliant curb ramp on 11th St

2018 is here, and this spring MyFigueroa will be complete and open to the public!

Construction continues to move full speed ahead, with lots of underground utility work taking place. Now that the installation of LADWP water meters for landscaping is complete, the four bus platforms on the northern stretch of Figueroa St (between Olympic and 8th streets) are being built. Concrete is currently being poured for the curb and gutters of these bus platforms, with guardrails and foundations to follow. The foundations for the other five southern bus platforms will also be poured in the next few weeks.

Progress is also being made on the north side of 11th St, with new, wider sidewalks and ADA-compliant curb ramps now installed for several blocks. The majority of the northern sidewalk will be complete this month, and then the north side of 11th St will be landscaped as construction shifts to the south side of the street.

The MyFigueroa project recently topped the list of 'LA Moments to look forward to in 2018' on Curbed Los Angeles, and we are proud to say that crews will continue their work along Figueroa and 11th streets, as we move toward project completion by Spring 2018. We look forward to a ribbon-cutting with the entire community in the coming months!

MyFigueroa Construction Moving Forward

by LADOT  |  
October 19, 2017

Fall is here, and MyFigueroa construction is pressing forward. The MyFig bus platforms near USC continue to take shape, with the ongoing installation of guardrails and bus shelters. You also may have noticed a few new objects installed along Figueroa: there are now small concrete foundations which will serve as bases for wayfinding signs as well as new traffic signal poles at intersections, which will include bike signals.

Work on the northern portion of MyFigueroa (between 11th St and 8th St) will begin once the schedule for that segment's construction is updated and finalized. Once an updated work schedule is in place, work in that area will be compressed to reduce impacts to businesses and traffic.

Progress also continues to be made along 11th St. Our contractor has encountered unexpected issues with underground utilities in this area, which has caused work to proceed more slowly than expected. Current efforts are focused on replacing the sidewalk on the north side of 11th St as soon as possible. You will also see the installation of street lighting poles and traffic signals in this area soon.

These unexpected utility conflicts have set the MyFigueroa construction schedule back slightly, but completion is not too far off. The new estimated opening date now is Spring, 2018. Stay tuned for a new detailed construction schedule, as well as additional updates. And check Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for more info too!

MyFig Construction Rolling Ahead: 11th through 8th Streets Up Next

by LADOT  |  
July 19, 2017

If you've been in the USC area, you have likely seen the progress installing the five bus platforms on Figueroa between Jefferson and Exposition. These are nearly complete, with a few finishing touches and transit shelters expected to be added in August.

Now work moves northward on Figueroa, into Downtown. Beginning the weekend of July 29, Figueroa will be reduced to three northbound lanes between 11th and 8th Streets. This traffic pattern will remain in place for the next 60-90 days, while crews pour concrete for four more bus platforms on these blocks. On one or two weekends during this period, the northbound lanes will be further reduced to two lanes—but for as limited a time as possible.

You can also be on the lookout for new traffic signal poles going in along Figueroa in the next few weeks! These poles will include new bike signal heads for the protected bike lanes along MyFig, similar to the ones found on Los Angeles Street.

Thanks again for your patience while we work to make Figueroa better, safer, and more enjoyable for everyone using the street. During MyFig construction, Fig out a different way to go! Try biking, transit, or an alternate route. See for more info.

Please continue to share these updates with your friends and neighbors on Figueroa. And check

Twitter, and Facebook, and Instagram for further updates too!

​Figueroa and Exposition Bus Platform Installation

by LADOT  |  
May 25, 2017

The installation of MyFig bus platforms near USC is underway! As contractors work to install the bus pad at Figueroa and Exposition, north-bound Figueroa will be temporarily limited to one lane of traffic in early June.

From approximately 9:00am on Friday June 2 until 6:00am on Monday June 5, north-bound traffic on Figueroa will be reduced to a single lane at Exposition Blvd.

LADOT is doing everything in its power to minimize the impact of this work, and workers will be using a quicker drying concrete to reduce the time of this closure.

Other ongoing MyFigueroa work:

  • On the east side of Figueroa contractors continue work on the five bus platforms between Exposition Blvd. and 23rd St, including the completion of four of the five sidewalk ramps this past week.

  • Contractors have also been prepping the five locations of the bus platforms this week, and on Friday and Saturday they will be pouring the framing of the platforms. We will soon start to see what Figueroa will look like with MyFig complete!

  • Next weekend, contractors install the new bus pad at Exposition mentioned above, and the other four bus pads will follow – but these will not involve additional lane closures.

  • In the meantime, contractors have set up the temporary traffic signal poles to allow removal of the old ones. Contractors will begin installing new permanent signal poles over the next few weeks.

Stay tuned as MyFigueroa construction moves along, and check out our twitter, facebook, and instagram for further updates!

​Bus platform installation on Fig: now through the end of April

by LADOT  |  
April 21, 2017

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MyFigueroa construction is progressing! Bus platform installation on Fig is happening this weekend and through the following week. Construction crews will install five new, specially designed bus platforms on Figueroa, between Exposition Blvd. and 23rd St.

As mentioned before, this work will require some parking restrictions and limits to turning movements along Figueroa, in order to maintain two lanes of moving traffic at all times. While work is expected to only take place during the day, these changes will remain in place overnight and for the next several weeks.

Stay tuned for further updates!

MyFigueroa construction is rolling forward: Median Removal Begins Near USC

by LADOT  |  
March 31, 2017

Construction along Figueroa will begin next week, April 3-7, with the removal of two median islands near USC's McCarthy Way (between Jefferson and Exposition). While the center lanes will be closed for safety, nearby parking will be restricted in order to maintain two lanes of moving traffic. Work will only take place during the workday (9:00am – 4:00pm), but some of the changes are expected to remain in place overnight through Friday afternoon.

The following week of April 10, construction crews will begin to install five new bus platforms on Figueroa, between Exposition Blvd. and 23rd St. This work will also require some parking restrictions and limits to turning movements along Figueroa, in order to maintain two lanes of moving traffic at all times. While work is expected to only take place during the day, these changes will remain in place overnight and for the next several weeks.

As this project progresses, you can avoid traffic by trying a different way to go. We can help you 'Fig It Out' — try biking, transit, or an alternate route—see our Getting Around page for all sorts of tips!

If you missed it, we have also posted the full MyFig construction schedule at The schedule is subject to change, but you can expect to be see a completed MyFigueroa by September, 2017!

MyFig Improvements Underway on 11th and coming soon to Figueroa

by LADOT  |  
March 09, 2017

MyFig Improvements are Underway on 11th Street

If you live or work in the MyFigueroa area, you've likely noticed that construction is well underway on 11th Street. 11th Street is closed to one lane from Los Angeles Street to Figueroa to allow for construction in the roadway and on the northern sidewalk. Please bear with us while we work to make 11th St better for everyone walking, biking, and driving there!

Improvements coming soon to 11th Street include:

  • Wider, pedestrian-friendly sidewalks
  • A bike lane connecting to protected bike lanes on Figueroa
  • New curbs and better drainage
  • Improved traffic signals
  • Refurbished street lighting

MyFig Construction Starting Soon on Figueroa

Construction will begin on Figueroa itself very soon. LADOT and the contractors are still finalizing traffic control plans, to ensure traffic can continue to flow as smoothly as possible during the construction of the new bus platforms.

The first phase will start this month in front of USC, between Exposition and 23rd Street – the removal of two median islands, followed by the installation of bus platform islands on Figueroa

Please continue to share these details with others in the area and let them know that MyFigueroa will bring a better, safer, and more beautiful Figueroa Street to the neighborhood soon.

You can also download and share our construction notice here!

MyFigueroa Construction on 11th Street

by LADOT  |  
January 30, 2017

Happy New Year from the MyFigueroa team! We've been hard at work so far in 2017, and construction will be starting on the north side of 11th Street in early February.

This work will include sidewalk widening, new curbs and gutters, improved traffic signals, and the continued installation and refurbishment of street lighting and tree removals. 11th Street will be reduced to a single west-bound lane during this time.

We also expect to begin construction on Figueroa itself by early March, as we are currently reviewing and finalizing the complex traffic control plans that will allow traffic flow to continue as we build the main portion of MyFig.

Stay tuned for more details about the construction schedule coming later in February. For questions or concerns during construction, contact us!

MyFigueroa Construction Getting Underway

by MyFig  |  
December 08, 2016

11th Hope Final Draf

As 2016 wraps up, MyFigueroa construction has been getting underway. Over at LADOT, we are working with other local agencies and developers along Figueroa to coordinate our construction schedule for the new year. We will keep you updated as those details progress.

In the next couple weeks, installation of temporary street lighting will begin on 11th Street, and tree removal along both 11th Street and Figueroa will take place. The tree removal will make way for wider and more accessible sidewalks and for the street reconfiguration on Figueroa itself. Each tree removed is replaced with two new trees, resulting in net increase in trees for our city and future shade for MyFig.

Stay tuned for updates as MyFigueroa construction moves along, and we look forward to seeing this project finally come to fruition next year.

MyFig Groundbreaking and Press Release on October 24, 2016

by LADOT  |  
October 25, 2016

Left to right: CD 9 and CD 14 Councilmembers Curren Price, Jr., and Jose Huizar, along with Tamika Butler, LA County Bicycle Coalition Executive Director, Deborah Murphy, Deborah Murphy Urban Design + Planning, Dan Mitchell, LADOT Assistant General Manager and Vince Bertoni, Director of City Planning commemorate the MyFig start of construction with a groundbreaking at 11th St. and Fig St.

More information about the project can be found at MyFig Press Release 10-24-16.

MyFigueroa is starting construction in October!

by LADOT  |  
September 15, 2016

We are pleased to announce that LADOT has signed a contract with All American Asphalt as the builder for the MyFigueroa streetscape project, and construction on MyFigueroa is right around the corner – breaking ground in October, 2016!

We will provide more specific updates on the construction schedule in the coming weeks. In the meantime, here are some construction details to help you better understand what to expect:

Traffic lane closures and sidewalk closures, when needed, will be limited to the hours between 9:00am and 3:00pm Monday through Friday. There may be limited construction on Saturdays later in the construction process, but LADOT considers it unlikely at this time. No work is expected to be scheduled for Sundays.

There may be limited night construction (7:00pm to 6:00am) in the future. This would expedite completion of the project, though it is not expected at this time. In the case that night construction is deemed necessary, there will be an opportunity for community input prior to scheduling.

Some areas of this project will likely be affected by the City's Holiday Season Street Closure Restrictions (Thanksgiving to New Year's Day). Each year, the City of Los Angeles prohibits street closures and construction in specific areas to avoid disruption to the holiday shopping season. This year, the moratorium dates are from November 21st, 2016 until midnight on January 1, 2017. Construction along Figueroa St. north of Olympic Blvd. will likely be suspended during this period.

See the Resources section of our website for a media kit of digital flyers and other materials with more information. Help us spread the word that MyFig is coming soon!

It's Bike Month! Get ready to bike on MyFigueroa, coming soon

by Colleen  |  
May 17, 2016

Bike Month is here, and it's time to think about what it will be like to bike on MyFigueroa, Downtown LA's first protected bike lane.

That's right! Construction on the long awaited MyFig project will be starting soon in 2016, bringing safety improvements for bicycle and transit users and a better Figueroa for us all. (more info here)

Stay tuned for updates on MyFig construction, and in the meantime, Let's Fig Out different ways to get around Figueroa outside of our cars.

FIg Out a Bike Route: This Thursday May 19 is Bike to Work Day. If you're biking near Fig, stop at LACBC's South LA Pit Stop at MLK Blvd and Vermont (the southeastern edge of the MyFigueroa project).

Fig Out Expo: This Friday, May 20 is Metro's Expo Line Phase 2 grand opening. For the first time in 60 years, Angelenos will be able to ride a train from Downtown LA to the beach in Santa Monica! Hop on the Metro Expo Line Downtown or near USC, where it runs just one block east of the MyFigueroa project. See how MyFigueroa will connect with Metro to give Angelenos more options for getting around.

MyFigueroa is coming March 2017

by Annonymous  |  
January 13, 2016

Happy New Year! We're so excited that Downtown LA's first protected bike lane will be coming to Figueroa soon. Construction is kicking off this spring. Be sure to check back here for updates as that gets started.

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Bike On Fig – Bike Safe USC ride to CicLAvia

by Colleen Corcoran  |  
January 13, 2016

Biking on Fig from USC to CicLAvia, we explored downtown on bike and learned about the MyFigueroa project coming soon!