AEG released a draft environmental impact study on Thursday on its proposed football stadium adjacent to Staples Center and L.A. Live. The transportation chapter in section one of the report discusses a wide range of transportation impacts and includes this:
Mitigation Measure B.1-1: Prior to issuance of a building permit for the Event Center, the Event Center Applicant shall enter into an agreement with Metro requiring the Event Center Applicant to make a one-time, fixed contribution of $10,000,000 to Metro to improve the Pico Metro Station prior to the operation of the Event Center. The Pico Metro Station, located on Flower Street between 12th Street and Pico Boulevard one block from the Project Site, is currently a single platform station with limited capacity access to the platform from the east sidewalk of Flower Street. Metro will use the Event Center Applicant’s contribution to (a) add a second platform parallel to the existing Pico Metro Station platform, and (b) refurbish the existing station platform to improve the passenger handling capacity.
Metro, of course, would ultimately have to approve of a platform expansion before it happens.
As we wrote in this morning’s headlines, AEG is also proposing a number of other mitigations for any traffic impacts from a new football stadium. Among them: giving patrons the chance to buy transit tickets when purchasing game tickets online, widening and/or restriping streets and widening a mile-long stretch of the Hollywood Freeway, using a smartphone app to guide motorists to parking and running shuttles between downtown parking lots and the stadium. There are also two new parking garages planned.