In November 2009, the Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension opened and began providing new light rail transit service in the Eastside. Four stations on the extension were built in Boyle Heights: Pico/Aliso, Mariachi Plaza, Soto and Indiana. Immediately adjacent to or within close proximity of these stations are six sites that were acquired by Metro for station construction or construction staging that are now being developed as part of Metro’s Joint Development Program. These six sites are in different stages of the joint development process and additional details on each site can be found under Project Updates.
Metro is committed to community outreach and engagement throughout the joint development process. To this end, Metro formed the Boyle Heights Design Review Advisory Committee (DRAC) in 2014 to represent a broad group of community stakeholders. The DRAC advises Metro on design issues of importance to residents, businesses, institutions and stakeholder groups in the project area; coordinates and acts as liaison between businesses, residents, property owners and Metro; and serves as a formal means through which community members are involved in the evaluation of the joint development project design for the six Boyle Heights project sites. The DRAC participates in the design review process for all project sites in Boyle Heights.