Metro has been working with the Community Advisory Committee and the Boyle Heights community to develop the list of transit related, pedestrian and bicycle improvements that will be implemented as part of the Eastside Access Project. These are now available at Eastside Access Enhancements.
Making the Connection
In November 2009, the Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension began to provide residents on the Eastside new light rail transit service. Today the community is better connected to job centers and exciting destinations in Los Angeles County. Now Metro is teaming with the City of Los Angeles to improve pedestrian and bicycle access around four of the Eastside station areas, including:
- Pico/Aliso Station
- Mariachi Plaza Station
- Soto Station
- Indiana Station
Metro's design team will identify ways to improve access and safety with improvements that reflect the local culture and community spirit on streets surrounding the stations. To do this, the design team will work with the community members and businesses to identify opportunities, prioritize improvements, and design creative solutions for landscape, public art, lighting and signage on City-owned streets and sidewalks.
Street improvements around each station will provide a better walking and bicycling experience. These improvements will provide both a healthier environment for the communities as well as an energized atmosphere for businesses.
Funding and Project Partners
In 2008, Los Angeles County voters approved a ½ cent sales tax called Measure R. As part of this funding source, $12 million has been allocated for these improvements. Metro will oversee the planning and initial design and partner with the City of Los Angeles who will oversee construction. Metro and the consultant team will also explore other funding sources and partnering opportunities that can create a sustainable and thriving environment once this initial project is completed.
Schedule and Timing
This is intended to be a model project for Metro and the City of Los Angeles for achieving improvements in a faster timeframe. The design concepts are scheduled to be completed by summer 2011 with implementation on some elements beginning sooner.
The success of this project depends on active community involvement. Metro will be hosting workshops in the community at each station location to get input right on the street. We will also conduct walking tours with community members in a hands-on exercise that will translate into buildable ideas. A Community Advisory Committee (CAC) will serve as a steering committee and help determine which improvements are most important to achieve.
There are no meetings scheduled at this time, please check back frequently for updates.
Past Community Meeting Presentations
Meeting #1 - June 22 & 25, 2011