Emphasis on creating outstanding trip experiences
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (Metro) big picture plan, Metro Vision 2028, which explains the strategies the agency plans to use to improve mobility and quality of life across Los Angeles County over the next decade, was approved Thursday by the Metro Board of Directors.
Metro Vision 2028 shifts the agency’s focus beyond just operating transit to managing mobility. Among the plan’s outcomes:
• Ensuring that all County residents have access to high-quality mobility options within a 10- minute walk or roll from home.
• Reducing maximum wait times for any trip to 15 minutes during any time of day.
• Improving average travel speeds on the County’s bus network by 30 percent.
• Providing reliable and convenient options for users to bypass congestion.
“Our vision for a world-class transportation network is only as good as our plan to bring it to life,” said Los Angeles Mayor and Metro Board Chair Eric Garcetti. “This 10-year blueprint will help us realize the full potential of Measure M — by outlining specific strategies for easing congestion, making our transit systems more accessible, and reducing commute times for our entire region.”
The plan is the result of more than 17 months of research, discussion and outreach by Metro’s Office of Extraordinary Innovation that includes surveying over 18,000 county residents and workers to better understand their transportation needs and concerns. A draft plan was released in April and followed by a four-week public comment period. A stakeholder summit in May attracted over 150 participants, representing 72 organizations as well as individual interests. More than 280 public comments on the plan were also received. The final plan reflects this considerable feedback.
The plan builds on key initiatives already underway at Metro — and includes strategic actions that go well beyond the status quo. It includes bold ideas such as providing more exclusive lanes for buses, accelerating the development of an express lanes network and piloting congestion pricing in Los Angeles County.
Metro Vision 2028 serves as the foundation for all other Metro plans, programs and services. For example, the in-progress Long Range Transportation Plan update and NextGen Bus Study will begin to implement the goals outlined in Metro Vision 2028 as they relate to agency finances and reimagining the Metro bus system, respectively.
“The L.A. region consistently ranks among the most congested places in the country,” said Metro Chief Innovation Officer Joshua Schank. “We are going to change that by using roads more efficiently and doubling the usage of transit, walking, biking, sharing rides and carpooling.”
Vision 2028 also addresses issues directly related to transportation, including housing, safety and security and job creation. Although Metro does not directly oversee all relevant programs or local roads, Metro does distribute much of the County’s transportation funds. In this capacity, Metro can collaborate with its partners to deliver the mobility agenda described in Vision 2028.
"A crucial part of Vision 2028 is to lift all communities and help remove mobility barriers, especially in underserved areas of Los Angeles County,” said Metro CEO Phillip A. Washington. “The vision is to literally deliver outstanding trip experiences for all users of our transportation system.”
Under the plan, Metro will continue to focus on improving the customer experience and making its system easier and more convenient to use. To read or download the plan, visit metro.net/about/metro-vision-2028-plan.