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Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) Sustainable Transportation Information
Last updated: June 13, 2017

Overview

The Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) Program, administered by the Strategic Growth Council (SGC), awards funding for projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions by supporting more compact, infill development patterns, encouraging active transportation and transit use, and protecting agricultural land from sprawl development.

It is important for applicants to be familiar with the AHSC Guidelines. For quick reference, here are the AHSC 2016-2017 Program Guidelines .

Metro’s AHSC Objectives

Metro is providing this information as part of a strategy to further our objectives regarding AHSC funding. Our objectives are:

  • Assure competitiveness of applications from Los Angeles County and increase the county’s share of funding awards;
  • Promote high quality projects that invest in Metro’s priorities including first/last mile connectivity, active transportation, affordable housing near stations, and urban greening;
  • Improve the overall capacity within the County to plan, seek funding, and deliver projects; and
  • Reinforce the State’s program goals calling for meaningful collaboration across housing and transportation sectors.

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Additionally, Metro will offer trainings for local agency staff on related subjects such as First/Last Mile and Complete Streets . Dates, times, and locations will be posted on the Metro Sustainability website.

Considerations for Transportation Components for AHSC Application

The first step in selecting transportation improvements to incorporate into an AHSC application is identifying which entity can deliver those improvements. Metro can coordinate with housing developers and other applicants to deliver STI or TRA projects in the following limited circumstances:

  • Delivered in partnership with a local jurisdiction (such as for bike share stations and bike hubs)
  • Strong local support and clearly consistent with Metro goals
  • Technically viable and competitive applications

TRA and STI improvements that are not on Metro property must be conducted by the local jurisdiction (e.g. Department of Transportation, Department of Public Works, etc.). Examples of STI and TRA projects that will need to be executed by local entities include bus stop amenities; roadway, bike path, and sidewalk improvements; and signal adjustments.  In all cases, developer applicants should discuss potential locally delivered TRA and STI with the local jurisdiction, typically prior to coordinating with Metro.

Transit Passes

According to the new threshold requirements in the updated 2016-2017 Program, all AHSC- funded Affordable Housing Developments (AHD’s) must provide free or discounted transit passes. Please refer to our menu of fare passes. There is no minimum purchase for Annual TAP cards. Passes can be purchased in the exact amount needed and different pass types can be combined. For example, some EZ, some senior, and some regular passes can be purchased together. Metro just needs to know which pass type is associated with each person, since they receive individual photo IDs with the passes loaded on them. Feel free to examine our Reduced Fares .

Reference: Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities FY 2016-2017 Program Guidelines ; AHSC Program Guidelines

“High Quality Transit”

Applicants can only apply for AHSC funding under the Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Project Area designation if their affordable housing development is within ½ mile of a “High Quality Transit” station or stop.  Based on the definition of High Quality Transit in the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities FY 2016-2017 Program Guidelines , Metro considers this type of transit to include the following;

  • Metro Rail (all lines/stations)
  • Orange and Silver Bus Rapid Transit Lines (all station/stops)
  • Metro Rapid lines:
  • 720: operates on Wilshire Blvd. part-time bus lane; 3-18 min headways during peak hours
  • 728: operates on SB Spring St. part-time bus lane and NB Hill St. bus priority arterial; 11-15 min headways during peak hours
  • 733: operates on SB Spring St. and NB Main St. part-time bus lanes; 10-20 min headways during peak hours
  • 745: operates on SB Spring St. part-time bus lane; 6-14 min headways during peak hours
  • 760: operates on NB Figueroa St. and SB Spring St. part-time bus lanes; 12-15 min headways during peak hours
  • 770: operates on SB Spring St. part-time bus lane; 13-16 min headways during peak hours

All Metro Rapid (700 lines) have limited stop service and ITS (signal priority and vehicle location systems).

However, please note that Metro provides this information based on our interpretation and understanding of the SGC program guidelines combined with current information on Metro transit service.  This information is subject to change. Current route/schedule/stop information is available at https://www.metro.net/riding/maps/ .  Metro does not guarantee the accuracy of this information for purposes of defining a project area for AHSC.

What Cities Can Do to Effectively Coordinate with Metro

Within AHSC teams, cities can participate as co-applicants or participating entities. Metro supports cities’ involvement in AHSC teams and application preparation and is open to collaborating with City staff and affordable housing developers. City-led efforts that Metro is especially supportive of include:

  • Transportation infrastructure improvements in the public right-of-way that only local jurisdictions can deliver. Examples include: first/last mile infrastructure for bicycles and pedestrians, bus stop and station amenities.
  • Projects where cities are directing AHSC fund to implement a Metro Plan or Policy such as a First/Last Mile station area plan, regional Active Transportation Corridor or a Bike Hub or Bike Sharing Station.

All cities hoping to partner with Metro on an AHSC application are encouraged to adopt a local resolution outlining how they will help implement transportation improvements.

Resources —a sample local resolution template is available to view.

What Developers Can Do to Effectively Coordinate with Metro

Before contacting Metro, Affordable Housing Developers are strongly encouraged to work with local jurisdiction in which their project is located to identify impactful and eligible transportation infrastructure and amenities for an application. We highly recommend contacting a Technical Assistance Provider as well.

Menu of Metro’s Potential AHSC Contributions

The following section provides a list of active transportation and transit improvements projects that developers may be able to incorporate to meet the AHSC transportation requirements. When deciding whether to include these improvements in an AHSC application, teams must consider:

  • Existing accommodations for the project. Improvements can only be incorporated in an application if there are pre-existing suitable plans and a budget, especially for large-scale improvements (e.g., providing bus operating facilities at rail stations).
  • GHG reduction potential of proposed project
  • Defined Project Area type (TOD, ICP, or RIPA)
  • Capital project category (STI or TRA)
  • Other AHSC loan and budget amounts (to ensure maximum of $20M is not exceeded)
  • How project will benefit residents and enhance connectivity

The following list of potential STI and TRAs is only meant to provide general guidance on types of improvements that can be led by Metro and funded with AHSC grants.

1. Metro Bike Hub

Capital project type: Transportation Related Amenity (TRA)

A Metro Bike Hub is a high-capacity bicycle parking facility that provides secure bike parking in an enclosed room, such as a storefront space, building, or gated structure. Each facility utilizes controlled access, and CCTV provides security coverage; ample bike racks are available and arranged in an efficient manner. Operating models include attended services where staff perform registration support and assistance, provide retail sales for bike parts and repair services, and conduct other program activities such as bike education and outreach. Hubs can also operate as unattended, self-serve facilities. Users can gain access to different hub locations through a single registration. Hubs are recommended for transit stations with frequent service and where the need for first-last-mile transit access has been identified.

Approximate budget range:

Capital Costs:

  • Unattended, self-serve hub: $1,500 to $5,000 per space
  • Attended, full-service hub: $4,000 to $10,000 per space

Annual Operating Costs:

  • Unattended, self-serve hub: $10,000 to $50,000 per location
  • Attended, full-service hub: $60,000 to $200,000 per location

Resources - additional information on implementation details is available.

2. Metro Bike Share Station (City of Los Angeles only)

Capital project type: Sustainable Transportation Infrastructure (STI)

The Metro Board has approved a bike share pilot in Downtown Los Angeles including up to 61 stations and 800 bicycles. Expansion and implementation of future phases is dependent on Metro Board approval and available funding. Metro is seeking partners who wish to provide or enhance quality transportation for their employees, students, clients, tenants, or visitors. An AHSC award of $160,000 would fund approvals, shipping, operations and maintenance (O&M), startup costs, and installation for one station. Stations are best suited for areas in the vicinity of existing or planned bike share stations.

Metro Bike Communities in planning include the following:

  • Pasadena
  • Venice
  • San Pedro

Potential Metro Bike Communities include the following:

  • La Canada Flintridge
  • Burbank
  • North Hollywood
  • Hollywood
  • Glendale
  • Monrovia
  • Duarte
  • Marina Del Rey
  • South Pasadena
  • Glendora
  • San Dimas
  • La Verne
  • Claremont
  • Pomona
  • Covina
  • West Covina
  • Baldwin Park
  • El Monte
  • South El Monte
  • Monterey Park
  • Whittier
  • Downey
  • Boyle Heights
  • East LA
  • Korea Town
  • Expo Park
  • Huntington Park
  • Culver City
  • Palms

Approximate budget range: $160,000 per bike share station

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3. General Tools and Guidance for Transportation Infrastructure, Transportation Amenities, and Urban Greening

AHSC applicants are encouraged to consider how their proposed STIs and TRAs align with, or can be informed by, Metro’s existing plans and tools. AHSC capital projects that complement objectives defined in these plans can be supported by Metro staff via consultations, letters of support, and other efforts as appropriate.

Click Metro Projects and Tools for more information on the following:

  • First/Last Mile Strategic Plan
  • Countywide Sustainability Policy
  • Active Transportation Strategic Plan
  • Complete Streets
  • Training Programs

Other non-Metro resources: GreenTRIP Connect .

2017 AHSC Program Schedule

For more information regarding program scheduling click the following link.

  • AHSC applicants are strongly encouraged to coordinate with local agencies before contacting Metro as most proposed improvements involve local jurisdiction approval. Feel free to contact our staff at SustainablePlanning@Metro.net . Please include all information listed below.

    • Name of main AHSC capital project (housing or transportation)
    • Lead applicant/developer name and contact information
    • Project location (full address)
    • Summary of coordination conducted with local city staff to date
    • If applicable: ideas or questions about specific STIs or TRAs for your project area that Metro should investigate
    • TA provider if applicable

    We appreciate interest in collaborating and will respond to messages as soon as we are able.

    Disclaimer: Metro has made every attempt to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the information provided on this website. However, the information is provided "as is" without warranty of any kind. Metro does not accept any responsibility or liability for the accuracy, content, completeness, legality, or reliability of the information contained on this website

Metro AHSC Contacts

AHSC applicants are strongly encouraged to coordinate with local agencies before contacting Metro as most proposed improvements involve local jurisdiction approval. Feel free to contact our staff at GrabowskiL@metro.net . Please include all information listed below.

  • Name of main AHSC capital project (housing or transportation)
  • Lead applicant/developer name and contact information
  • Project location (full address)
  • Summary of coordination conducted with local city staff to date
  • If applicable: ideas or questions about specific STIs or TRAs for your project area that Metro should investigate
  • TA provider if applicable

We appreciate interest in collaborating and will respond to messages as soon as we are able.

Disclaimer: Metro has made every attempt to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the information provided on this website. However, the information is provided "as is" without warranty of any kind. Metro does not accept any responsibility or liability for the accuracy, content, completeness, legality, or reliability of the information contained on this website

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