By David DeBoltNew California Transit Authority (Caltrans) is in the process of acquiring a $5 million parcel in the Westside of Los Angeles for its first full-scale bicycle sharing facility.
The purchase is expected to be completed by the end of 2017, according to Caltrans.
The purchase comes on the heels of a public announcement by Caltrans that the agency is exploring building a full-sized, bike-share-friendly facility in West Los Angeles.
The agency is currently focused on its $20 million Westside BikeShare project, which includes the creation of an 8,000-square-foot facility with three bike racks, four docking stations, a cafe and parking.
The project was recently awarded a $10 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.
The grant is currently being used to build two of the two additional facilities planned for the West side of the Los Angeles Basin, with the remainder to be built in other areas.
The Westside project has been on Caltrans’ radar for several years, and the agency has been exploring ways to utilize the property, which has been vacant since 2012.
Caltrans officials are hoping the West Side project will bring the agency more public attention, which would help them move forward with their larger vision for the region.
The new purchase is Caltrans second purchase of a property this year, after the agency purchased a vacant parcel in Inglewood for $3.6 million in August.
Caltech is currently building a new facility in the Los Altos Hills for its new $1.5 billion Institute of Biomedical Engineering.