Our Special Projects team serves as the area manager for the City of Los Angeles, the County’s Central Los Angeles region and Metro’s countywide multifaith outreach initiative. Our team focuses on the following:
- Building relationships with a wide range of stakeholders,
- Organizing and leading Metro’s countywide multifaith outreach effort
- Facilitating coordination with City officials and staff for Metro’s projects, programs, and initiatives in the City of Los Angeles and Central Los Angeles
- Coordinating outreach programs for Metro’s active transportation and First Last Mile projects countywide (e.g. Complete Streets, Mobility on Demand, Metro Bike Share)
Our team strategizes, 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.
The Special Projects team connects with Central Los Angeles community members to highlight their stories in our Central Los Angeles newsletter – The Central Scoop. Stay in the loop and subscribe to the newsletter that brings you bimonthly updates about Metro projects, programs and initiatives and community events intersecting Central LA neighborhoods. Email Christina Harrington at email@example.com . See past newsletters here .
Community Spotlight, July 2018
Community Conversations: Melissa Potts shares the past and present of Los Angeles State Historic Park: Read the full story .
Community Spotlight, May 2018
Community Conversations with Eugene Wong Moy: Eugene Wong Moy, an urban planner born in LA Chinatown and raised in South LA, shares his views on the evolution of Chinatown and the development of LA transportation. Read the full story .
Community Spotlight, March 2018
Metro Hosts Immersion Tour with Arts District: Metro Staff participated in an immersive tour with Arts District community leaders who shared their perspectives about the community’s past, present and future. Read the full story .
Community Spotlight, January 2018
Olvera Street Shop Owners Bring Generations of Mexican History to DTLA. Read the full story .