In October 2015, Metro launched the TOC Demonstration Program to showcase a more comprehensive approach to facilitating development on Metro-owned land around high quality transit stations, and to expanding and measuring the impact of these developments within a one to one and a half mile radius in the transit corridor. The TOC Demonstration Program highlights Metro’s transition from a vision for TODs to TOCs.
Creating TOCs requires that Metro take a leadership role in collaborating with a variety of local stakeholders, including local government, private developers and community members, to make our individual transit oriented developments and policies part of a vibrant built environment for existing and future residents to live, work, play and commute. The TOC Demonstration Program is intended to showcase a broader community development focus to all aspects of Metro’s work in building the public transit system and its related infrastructure. The Program builds on a recalibration of the Joint Development process focused on active collaboration with community stakeholders and local jurisdictions as well as a “TOC Toolkit” that draws upon an array of creative community development tools and programs that support Metro endeavors in achieving broader TOC goals.
Eight sites or projects were selected for the TOC Demonstration Program to highlight the various ways that Metro can support creation of TOCs through its joint development sites, investments in planning efforts, and partnerships with local jurisdictions and stakeholders. Staff provides quarterly reports to the Metro Board which provide updates on the eight Demonstration Sites and share TOC successes that have been realized.
Starting in January 2018, building on the TOC Demonstration Program and best practices to date, Metro staff will work with the Measure M Policy Advisory Committee to develop a TOC Policy that will guide Metro’s program and investments moving forward and formalize how supporting creation of TOCs will become part of the implementation of Measure M corridor projects and the Measure M funding plan.