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Transit Oriented Development

Transit Oriented Development – Strategic Implementation Plan

Metro is preparing a Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Strategic Implementation Plan (Plan) for the 14 communities along the West Santa Ana Branch (WSAB) Transit Corridor Project (Project). The Plan will provide a unified land-use and economic development strategy for these communities that is based on a shared vision for the WSAB Corridor, and also serve as a planning toolkit with implementation strategies for the community areas located within one-half mile of each station.

Most of the corridor jurisdictions have completed or are in the process of developing their own individual station area plans. However, more work is needed to unify the cities with a corridor-wide TOD strategy to further leverage the investment of a future transit corridor as a catalyst for corridor-wide economic development.

These efforts are being funded by the Federal Transit Administration’s Pilot Program for TOD Planning . The TOD Plan is an effort that is distinct from the environmental process currently underway for the WSAB Project to define the transit corridor alignment and station locations.

In addition to preparing this TOD plan, Metro’s vision goes beyond TOD to focus on the creation of “ transit oriented communities ” (TOC). TOCs represent an approach to development focused on compact, walkable and bikeable places in a community context (rather than focusing on a single development parcel), integrated with transit.

TOD Plan Area

The cities and communities within the TOD Plan area, located within one-half mile of each station, include: the Arts District, Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, unincorporated Florence-Graham community of LA County, Vernon, Huntington Park, Bell, Cudahy, South Gate, Downey, Paramount, Bellflower, Cerritos and Artesia.

Of the 14 communities in the TOD Plan area, the following nine (9) are directly served by stations proposed as part of the alternatives currently being evaluated in the environmental process: Los Angeles, Vernon, Huntington Park, South Gate, Downey, Paramount, Bellflower, Cerritos and Artesia.  The four adjacent cities of Bell, Bell Gardens, Cudahy and Maywood are expected to benefit from the future WSAB transit corridor investment.

Goals and Objectives

The goal of the Plan is to prepare a land-use and economic development strategy that builds on a shared vision of the corridor by:

  • Supporting community-led TOD planning efforts
  • Providing resources and support to cities for TOD implementation
  • Facilitating a shared vision for the corridor that recognizes the character of distinct communities
  • Building on community assets in the corridor
  • Maximizing potential benefits from investment in transit infrastructure
  • Developing implementation strategies that reflect the unique strengths and needs of each community


TOD Fact Sheet

TOD Vision Document

Contact Us

Melani Smith
Project Manager
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
One Gateway Plaza, M/S 99-22-4
Los Angeles, CA 90012

(213) 922-6929

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