The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority ( Metro ) considers all who reside, work and travel within LA County to be stakehholders of the agency. Residents, institutions, locally situated businesses, community-based organizations, religious leaders and the elected officials who represent them are particularly important in relation to public participation planning and outreach. Communications with the public is a continuum of involvement concerning service, fare changes, studies and initiatives, short- and long-range planning documents, environmental studies, project planning and construction, and transit safety education.
This Public Participation Plan ( Plan ) has been assembled to capture the methods, innovations and measurements of the agency’s commitment to meet and exceed the prescribed requirements of the U.S. Department of Transportation ( USDOT ), including Federal Transit Administration ( FTA ) Circulars C 4702.1B citing recipients’ responsibilities to Limited English Proficient persons, FTA Circular C 4703.1, guiding recipients on integrating principles of Environmental Justice into the transportation decision-making process, and Federal Highway Administration’s ( FHWA ) Title VI program. The Plan is also consistent with Title VI, (non-discrimination regulations) of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 162(a) of the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1973 and The Age Discrimination Act of 1975.
Every three years, Metro updates the Public Participation Plan per the requirements listed above. As of the last update in 2016, the Plan was released in early 2019 for the public to review and provide input. The Draft 2019 Plan and its draft revisions, included:
- Metro’s Equity Platform Framework
- Organizational changes to the Metro Community Relations Department
- Updated case studies that reflect Metro’s commitment to reach the public in ways beyond traditional methods
Metro sought input from the public for the Plan from, March 6, 2019, to Friday, April 12, 2019, to ensure we are doing the best we can to inform the public about Metro projects, programs and initiatives. Metro staff received 84 comments and updated the Plan based on new outreach tools that could support Metro’s commitment to go above and beyond federally-prescribed requirements.
The updates incorporated into this Final Plan include:
- Added “limited education attainment levels” (see pages 5, 7, 9)
- Further updated the Equity Platform Framework language and included links to the Framework’s activation plan (see page 6)
- Added language on an agency-wide Community-based Organization Strategy (see page 7)
- Added active transportation language and bike statistics to our outreach efforts (see page 2)
- Added faith-based and community-based institutions for meeting locations (see page 8)
Metro appreciates all the input received on the 2019 Public Participation Plan and looks forward to how it will serve as a guide for implementing public engagement programs for the entire agency.