Despite the exponential growth in the Arts District of Downtown LA, the lack of even small-scale transit options means that residents and customers must drive to the area, resulting in serious parking shortages. It has become so bad that clothes manufacturer American Apparel has gone as far as instituting a valet service so that workers can arrive to work on time even as valets finds parking in their stead. The history of previous transit service is not so great: Metro once ran Line 58 along Alameda Street for a few years before cancelling the line due to, well, low ridership. A new Little Tokyo light rail station is on the way thanks to the Metro Regional Connector, but it’s still a good walk away to the Arts District, while a Red Line station near the Sci-Arc campus has been discussed for years.
Meanwhile, Larchmont Village, located within the Wilshire District, will have its central parking pay station replaced with individual meters. Users complained that the station created long lines that actually led to more citations. As with other new meters installed by the city, the meters will each be able to accept credit cards.