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The Metro Joint Development (JD) Program is a real estate management program that collaborates with qualified developers to build transit-oriented developments (TODs) on Metro-owned properties. These properties are often parcels of land that contain Metro Rail station portals or platforms or that were acquired for parking or construction staging for transit projects.

Metro’s JD sites are a gateway to the Metro transit system and hold unique potential for shaping the built environment surrounding transit stations, which will have a significant impact on rider experience, attraction of new riders, and the urban form of the County of Los Angeles.

The Joint Development Process

The JD process begins with the creation of Development Guidelines, driven by a community engagement process.  In developing these Guidelines, Metro works with the community and local regulatory agencies to identify that kind of development and related infrastructure that can contribute to the creation of transit oriented communities.

The Development Guidelines document reviews desired land uses, density and amenities for a Metro-owned site; provides neighborhood context; and assesses opportunities for integration with active transportation and other community development goals. The Development Guidelines are brought to the Metro Board of Directors for review and adoption.

Once Development Guidelines are adopted, Metro solicits development proposals for JD sites through a Request for Information and Qualifications (RFIQ) or a Request for Proposals (RFP).  JD projects are typically completed using a long term ground lease to a private developer who fully entitles, environmentally clears, designs, finances, and constructs a private development on Metro’s property. For more details on the JD process, please see the additional documents below. These are also listed under the Program Info sidebar.

What Metro Seeks from Joint Development

  • Reduced auto use/increased transit use
  • Density, but consistent with surrounding neighborhood
  • Mix of uses linked to transit
  • High quality design
  • Upgrades to/completion of Metro facilities
  • Incorporation of first/last mile and active transportation improvements
  • Strong neighborhood and inter-modal link
  • Pedestrian orientation
  • Enhanced transit patron experience
  • Long-term ground lease (typically)
  • Fair market return
  • Sustainable development

With the historic expansion of Metro’s rail system underway, the Joint Development program is in full swing. The Joint development team has created project webpages for active projects, grouped by geographic area.

Boyle Heights Boyle Heights

Gold Line

  • Cesar Chavez and Soto
  • 1st and Soto
  • Mariachi Plaza Station
  • 1st and Lorena
  • Cesar Chavez and Fickett
  • 1st and Boyle
   
San Fernando Valley San Fernando Valley

Red and Orange Lines

  • North Hollywood
  • Sepulveda
   
Central Los Angeles Central Los Angeles

Red and Purple Lines

  • Westlake MacArthur Park – Phase B
  • Vermont and Santa Monica
  • West Hollywood (Division 7)
  • Taylor Yards
Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor

Expo and Green Lines

  • Expo/Crenshaw
  • Fairview Heights

Getting Involved with Joint Development

There are many ways to stay updated and get involved with Joint Development, from responding to an active solicitation, attending community meetings or just receiving regular email updates.


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