Metro’s earliest iteration of TOCs was launched in October 2015, through the TOC Demonstration Program . The TOC Demonstration Program showcased 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 marked Metro’s transition from a vision for TODs to TOCs. Eight sites or projects were selected to highlight the various ways that Metro can support creation of TOCs.
The TOC Demonstration Program concluded in June 2018 with the Board adoption of the TOC Policy. Following the program’s conclusion, Metro staff developed the Transit Oriented Communities Demonstration Program – Lessons Learned Report to review changes to programs and processes, new policies, and special projects that reflect Metro’s commitment to realizing holistic, inclusive community development and land use planning along existing and proposed transit corridors. This resource shares a vast array of TOC initiatives undertaken during the program, along with lessons learned for Metro, its external partners and peer transit agencies.
Building from the TOC Demonstration Program and following the passage of Measure M and the Measure M Guidelines, Metro staff developed the TOC Policy in collaboration with the Measure M Policy Advisory Committee . The TOC Policy includes the following five goals:
- Increase Transportation Ridership and Choice
- Stabilize and Enhance Communities Surrounding Transit
- Engage Organizations, Jurisdictions, and the Public
- Distribute Transit Benefits to All
- Capture the Value Created by Transit
The TOC Policy outlined a commitment to develop an implementation plan. In October 2020, the Metro Board approved the TOC Implementation Plan which establishes the activities that Metro will undertake directly or in partnership with others to implement the TOC Policy and realize equitable TOCs in LA County.
The TOC Implementation Plan is organized under four initiative areas with near-term implementation focused on creating TOC Corridor Baseline Assessments, a TOC snapshots of existing transit corridor communities’, and launching the TOC Grant Writing and Technical Assistance Program.