Metro has a plan to create access to opportunity. We believe that access to opportunity should be at the center of decision-making around investing in our communities through public transportation projects, housing and connecting people to jobs.
What is the relationship between transportation and equity?
Transportation is an essential lever for increasing access to opportunity. Vast disparities among neighborhoods and individuals in LA County limit this access, making opportunities harder to reach for some, whether it’s jobs, housing, education, health care, safe environments or other essential tenets of thriving, vibrant communities. Transportation infrastructure, programs, and service investments must be targeted toward those with the greatest mobility needs first, in order to improve access to opportunity for all.
How is Metro making progress?
Metro’s Equity Platform, adopted by the Board in 2018, guides how the agency will work to address these disparities and create more equitable access to opportunity through four main areas of action. These areas are called the pillars of the Equity Platform:
Define and Measure
Listen and Learn
Focus and Deliver
Train and Grow
The Equity Platform is designed to inform, shape and guide every facet of the agency’s business, on a continuing basis, to shape projects, investments, and new initiatives. The platform is not a singular task or process that will be completed, but rather an agency commitment to incorporate equity into all facets of Metro’s work, and continuously pursue equitable outcomes in everything we do.