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What is the Transit Supportive Planning Toolkit?

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) Transit Supportive Planning Toolkit (the Toolkit) details specific policies and programs that can be used to promote Transit Oriented Communities (TOC). The Toolkit provides local governments, advocates, and developers in Los Angeles County (Metro’s service area) with strategies for integrating land use and transportation planning, in order to encourage reduced passenger vehicle trips and vehicle miles traveled (VMT) through increased rates of walking, biking, and transit usage. The Toolkit includes a wide range of policy and regulatory tools that have successfully been implemented throughout Southern California and across the State.

What is in the Toolkit?

The Toolkit contains a number of policy and regulatory tools, research on the characteristics of transit-supportive places, analytical models to evaluate the benefits of TOD, among other topics. The following information is in the Toolkit.

  • TOD Characteristics – A description of the 10 characteristics of transit-supportive places with research describing the benefits of each.
  • Policy & Planning Tools – Over 25 specific policy, planning and regulatory tools that address the topics of land use, urban design, transportation, market and economic, and community engagement
  • Environmental Analysis Tools – A description and link to analytical tools that allow communities to understand the benefits of transit-supportive places
  • Economic Benefits – A description of the economic benefits of transit-supportive places.
  • Outreach & Communication Best Practices – Methods for engaging the community in the decision-making process in a way that supports transit.

Case studies, many of which include projects from Los Angeles County, are included with each tool.

What is the relationship of the Toolkit to the LARC Regional Climate Action and Sustainability Framework?

The Transit Supportive Communities Website is part of a larger effort called A Greater LA: The Framework for Regional Climate Action and Sustainability currently under development by the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative (LARC) . This framework will provide local agencies with strategies to better adapt to climate change and respond to the State mandates regarding greenhouse gas emissions and sustainability, such as Assembly Bill 32 (AB32) and Senate Bill 375 (SB375) . Funding for both programs is being provided by the Sustainable Communities Program from the Strategic Growth Council. The Transit Supportive Planning Toolkit is a critical component of the Framework since it addresses transportation and land use, some of the biggest contributors to GHG emissions in the region.