Transit Oriented Communities
What are transit-oriented communities?
Transit-oriented communities (TOCs) are places that, by their design, make it more convenient to take transit, walk, bike or roll than to drive.
- Where Metro leads: Metro is responsible for planning, designing, building and operating transit service in LA County. Metro seeks to leverage infrastructure investments and assets for community development and transformation.
- Where Metro partners: Metro partners with local jurisdictions, community groups, faith and labor organizations, and the private sector to encourage and incentivize policies that improve the quality of life.
What is Metro’s Transit Oriented Communities Policy?
- Increase transit ridership and choice
- Stabilize and strengthen communities around transit
- Engage communities and partners in visioning
- Distribute transit benefits to all
- Capture value created by transit
How is Metro approaching transit-oriented communities?
Metro’s Transit Oriented Communities program focuses on finding and strengthening synergies between transit and the surrounding streets, public spaces and developments to support an expanding transit network.
Metro works with local communities and stakeholders to develop a set of community-supported improvements along key pathways to Metro stations and bus stops. As part of the planning for all new transit lines, Metro wants to create good connections for all ages and abilities to safely walk, bike or roll to transit
Metro is implementing new Systemwide Station Design Standards to improve the customer experience and ensure new stations have consistent state-of-the-art architecture that is safe, smart, clean and green. Our new station designs integrate unique public art and sustainable landscaping to tie each station to its surrounding community
Metro partners with developers, stakeholders and local jurisdictions to envision, design and build development projects on Metro-owned properties. Joint development projects are vetted through a competitive bid or Unsolicited Proposals process with extensive community input. The program also seeks to build community benefits like affordable housing that can otherwise be difficult to deliver
Transit Supportive Planning
Metro supports local jurisdictions in developing and adopting transit-supportive policies and programs to leverage the value of transit investments and increase ridership
This work includes:
- Developing best practice guides and resources, such as the Transit Supportive Toolkit and Metro Transfers Design Guide.
- Enacting the TOC Implementation Plan which includes providing grant writing assistance and technical assistance for community development and land use planning.
- Coordinating with adjacent property owners and developers through the Adjacent Development Review Team to ensure safe construction and strengthen connections to transit.
- Leading extensive redevelopment activities in and around Los Angeles Union Station.