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Metro Sustainability: Countywide Planning - archive

Metro's Countywide Sustainability Planning Program provides leadership for the implementation of a regional transportation system that supports mobility, a cleaner environment and a thriving economy. Our program seeks to achieve the greatest possible community and environmental benefits from Metro's various projects and services.

The program is guided by the following overarching principles:

  • Partnership & Collaboration : Works with cities, counties, community organizations and the public to create a better Los Angeles.
  • Lifestyle : Supports travel choices, health, physical activity and cultural connections.
  • Community : Supports your community by creating opportunities to connect.

First Last Mile Strategic Plan & Planning Guidelines

This plan identifies how Metro and its partners can improve access and connections to public transit. The goal is to better coordinate infrastructure investments in station areas to extend the reach of transit, and ultimately increase ridership.

Countywide Planning Policy

Metro's Countywide Planning Policy is a tool for better defining the agency's long-term, desired sustainability outcomes in order to facilitate greater coordination and collaboration across transportation modes, planning disciplines and government agencies.

Connect People and Places
Access. Better integrate land-use and transportation planning to reduce trip lengths and increase travel choices.
Prosperity. Reduce transportation costs for residents and provide the mobility necessary to increase economic competitiveness
Green Modes. Promote clean mobility options to reduce criteria pollutants, greenhouse gas emissions, and dependence on foreign oil.

Create Community Value
Healthy Neighborhoods. Improve public health through traffic safety, reduced exposure to pollutants, and design and infrastructure for active transportation.
Community Development. Design and build transportation facilities that promote infill development, build community identity, and support social and economic activity.
Urban Greening. Enhance and restore natural systems to mitigate the impacts of transportation projects on communities and wildlife, and ecosystems.

Conserve Resources
Context Sensitivity. Build upon the unique strengths of Los Angeles County’s communities through strategies that match local and regional context and support investment in existing
System Productivity. Increase the efficiency and ensure the long-term viability of the multimodal transportation system.
Environmental Stewardship. Plan and support transportation improvements that minimize material and resource use through conservation, re-use, re-cycling, and re-purposing.

= Principle that highlights the social dimension of sustainability.
= Principle that highlights the economic dimension of sustainability.
= Principle that highlights the environmental dimension of sustainability.

Complete Streets

Complete Streets describe a comprehensive, integrated transportation network with infrastructure and design that allow safe and convenient travel along and across streets for all users, including pedestrians, public transit riders and bicyclists.

Streets that are built for all users have multiple benefits, including increased safety, improved air quality, improved public health and increased travel choices. Over 700 jurisdictions throughout the United States have adopted Complete Streets policies.

SCAG Joint Work Program

The Joint Work Program is a set of collaborative initiatives to implement SCAG's Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategies and to advance overall sustainability. The program builds upon an ongoing partnership between SCAG and Metro, and will support the region in meeting established greenhouse gas emission reduction targets.

Sustainability Toolkit

Metro’s Sustainability Toolkit acts as a catalogue of tools providing information on sustainable improvements, projects, and activities. This toolkit is meant to be used by anyone who is interested in implementing these efforts in their community. The list of tools can be filtered by the name of the tool, the broader subject to which the tool is related, the source of the tool information, and the audience which will most likely find the tool useful.

Access the Sustainability Toolkit .

Green Places Toolkit

Metro’s Green Places Toolkit provides resources and flashcards to reimagine and reinvent public spaces in your community. We encourage you to explore the Green Places possibilities to learn how you can improve your neighborhood or city. Learn how you can implement transit-adjacent projects that facilitate access to Metro Bus and Metro Rail throughout the Los Angeles region and enhance the transit rider experience to and from stations.

Access the Green Places Toolkit .

Metro’s First/Last Mile Strategic Plan

Metro’s First Last Mile Strategic Plan and Planning Guidelines identify how Metro and its partners can improve access and connections to public transit. The goal is to better coordinate infrastructure investments in station areas to extend the reach of transit, and ultimately increase ridership.

Access the First/Last Mile Plan .

7th Annual Energy Efficiency Forum
June 15 – 16, 2016

Future Ports’ Annual “Strong Ports = Strong California” Conference
June 23, 2016

San Gabriel Valley Golden Streets Event
June 26, 2016

Metro Downtown Bike Share Pilot Launch
July 7, 2016

7th Annual Women in Green Forum
August 31, 2016