Metro Adjacent Development Leads to Transit Oriented Communities
Metro is currently undertaking the largest transit infrastructure expansion effort in the United States. A rapidly growing system presents new opportunities to catalyze land use investment and shape healthy, sustainable, and integrated neighborhoods along the region’s transit network. Metro is committed to working with municipalities and the development community to encourage and support construction adjacent to transit to help create vibrant transit oriented communities (TOCs).
To ensure that private development projects near transit maximize the benefits of their adjacency without compromising the continued safe operation of the transit facility, Metro offers development review services that support a project from design and entitlements through construction and operation. To facilitate early and continuous coordination with development teams and municipalities, and to maximize opportunities for project-transit synergy, Metro employs a four-phase development review process for development projects within 100 feet of its railroad right-of-way and properties:
Metro Adjacent Development Handbook
To help facilitate transit-adjacent building activity, Metro created the Metro Adjacent Development Handbook – a resource for municipalities, developers, architects, and engineers to use in their land use planning, design, and development efforts. This Handbook presents a crucial first step in active collaboration with local stakeholders; finding partnerships that leverage Metro initiatives and support TOCs across Los Angeles County; and ensuring compatibility with transit infrastructure to minimize operational, safety, and maintenance issues. Project sponsors should review the Handbook in advance of initiating the Metro development review process.
Metro Right-of-Way GIS Data
Metro maintains a technical resource website housing downloadable data sets and web services. Developers and municipalities should utilize available Metro right-of-way GIS data to appropriately plan and coordinate with Metro when proposing projects within 100’ of Metro right-of-way.
Metro Design Criteria & Standards
Metro standard documents are periodically updated and are available upon request:
- Metro Adjacent Construction Design Manual
- Metro Rail Design Criteria (MRDC)
- Metro Rail Directive Drawings
- Metro Rail Standard Drawings
- Metro Signage Standards
Metrolink Standards & Procedures
Metro Policies & Plans
- Active Transportation Strategic Plan, 2016
- Complete Streets Policy, 2014
- Countywide Sustainability Planning Policy & Implementation Plan, 2012
- First/Last Mile Strategic Plan, 2014
- Transit Service Policy, 2015
Metro Programs & Toolkits