Metro’s Special Projects team organizes and leads outreach programs for projects in the planning and design phase in Central Los Angeles and spearheads special agency outreach initiatives. Our team seeks to employ innovative methods to inform, educate, and engage stakeholders about the agency’s major projects, programs, and initiatives.
Our team facilitates coordination with city officials and staff for all projects in the City of Los Angeles. We organize and facilitate gatherings, such as the quarterly L.A. Principals' Summit, to discuss major Metro projects and enhance coordination between Metro and the City of Los Angeles.
Our team also designs, implements, and facilitates outreach programs for the following Metro projects in Central Los Angeles:
The Federal Transit Administration requires Metro to issue a Public Participation Plan (Plan) as part of its Title VI Program Update every three years. The Plan guides all of Metro’s outreach to gather important public input on possible changes to bus and rail service, new projects in planning and in construction, fares and other programs. Metro went above and beyond what was legally required in seeking public input to help make Metro’s 2016 Plan the best it could be.
In early 2016, Metro staff updated the most recent Plan that had been approved by the Metro Board in 2013. Shortly thereafter, the updated Draft Plan was circulated for a 30-day public comment period to gather input. Staff then reviewed the public comments received, revised the Draft Plan in response to these comments, and submitted Metro’s 2016 Plan to the Metro Board for their consideration in September 2016. That month, Metro Board adopted Metro’s Model Public Engagement Program and approved Metro’s 2016 Plan as baseline for all Metro public outreach.
DASH Observatory Bus
From 2016-2017, our Special Projects team collaborated with LA Department of Transportation (LADOT), LA Department of Recreation and Parks, and Friends of the Observatory to organize and conduct outreach to raise awareness about the LADOT DASH shuttle to the Griffith Observatory. The daily DASH bus service connects with Metro’s Red Line Sunset/Vermont station, creating more opportunities for riders to experience all the amenities offered at Griffith Park and the Observatory. LADOT’s expanded shuttle service now bridges the first/last mile gap and will benefit users of both systems to get where they need to go.
Faith Leaders’ Advisory Council
In 2016, Metro formed a Faith Leaders’ Advisory Council based in the South Los Angeles community in order to inform, engage and solicit feedback about Metro projects, programs, and initiatives that have particular importance in South LA. The established partnership with this faith community seeks to further engage in a dialogue about issues facing members of the South LA communities, such as local jobs.
The Special Projects team connects with members of Central Los Angeles communities to highlight their stories in a bimonthly Central Los Angeles Newsletter.
Community Spotlight, January 2018
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