An individual’s trip is understood as the entire journey from origin to destination. Individuals may use a number of modes (types) of transport to complete the journey – they may walk, drive, ride a bicycle, take a train, or – in many cases – combine a number of modes. Bus and rail services often form the core of a trip, but users complete the first and last portion on their own. For example, they must first walk, bike, drive or roll themselves to and from the nearest station. This is referred to as the first and last mile of the user’s trip.
What is the First/Last Mile Strategic Plan?
The Plan is an approach for identifying barriers and planning and implementing improvements for the first/last mile portions of an individual’s journey. It provides an adaptable vision for addressing FLM improvements in a systematic way, and results in data and information to justify taking those actions. Examples of FLM improvements include the following:
- Infrastructure for walking, rolling, and biking (e.g. bike lanes, bike parking, sidewalks, and crosswalks);
- Shared use services (e.g. bike share and car share);
- Facilities for making modal connections (e.g. kiss and ride and bus/rail interface); and
- Signage and way-finding, and information and technology that eases travel (e.g. information kiosks and mobile apps)
Green Line Extension to Torrance First/Last Mile Plan
As Metro extends the western terminus of the Green Line from Redondo Beach to Torrance, it will develop first/last mile plans to improve safe, comfortable walking and rolling access to the three new stations in the South Bay. The stations will also serve new transit connections in the Redondo Beach and Torrance Transit Centers.
Purple Line Extension First/Last Mile Plan — Section 1
Metro is developing first/last mile plans for three station-areas along the future Purple ( D Line) Extension: Wilshire/La Brea, Wilshire/Fairfax and Wilshire/La Cienega. These activities to improve pedestrian and “rolling” access to the Section 1 stations will be similar to first/last mile planning for Sections 2 and 3 . Planning will include consultations with the City of Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, local residents and other future transit riders.
Expo/Crenshaw First/Last Mile Plan
The Expo/Crenshaw First/Last Mile Plan will identify walking and rolling access improvements to the Expo/Crenshaw Station, which will become a key transfer point upon the opening of the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project. These street improvements will also support access to the planned Metro and LA County joint development adjacent to the future station.
Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities
Administered by the Strategic Growth Council, the AHSC Program funds land-use, housing, transportation, and land preservation projects to support .infill and compact development that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Metro provided support to the County and the City of Los Angeles on three applications for the 2018 funding cycle.
West Santa Ana Branch First/Last Mile Plan
Metro will develop station-area first/last mile plans for the 20-mile West Santa Ana Branch transit corridor. The West Santa Ana Branch Transit Corridor will connect downtown Los Angeles with southeastern LA County, including the cities of Paramount, Bellflower, Cerritos, and Artesia.