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Transit Oriented Development

WSAB Transit Oriented Development Strategic Implementation Plan (TOD SIP)

In order to maximize the transit investment that will be made in the WSAB corridor, and to ensure that communities along the corridor equitably benefit from the investment, Metro facilitated the development of a Transit Oriented Development Strategic Implementation Plan (“TOD SIP”). The Plan was funded by the FTA Pilot TOD Project program, and completed in partnership with the City of South Gate, and Eco-Rapid Transit.  The TOD SIP 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.

What is the TOD SIP?

The Plan provides an overarching vision and strategic guidance for local WSAB jurisdictions to use as a reference as they develop and implement their own plans, policies and economic development and mobility strategies in the 12 station areas along the alignment. This information will support station areas in equitably and sustainably transforming, as well as in becoming safe and accessible via multiple modes of mobility.

Six strategies and a host of related actions are described in the Plan:

  • Establishing shared Governance approaches within the corridor for collaboration among local jurisdictions;
  • Ensuring Equitable Development & Community Preservation go hand in hand in the station areas and populations in the corridor today can stay in the corridor in the future;
  • Transit Supportive Planning to allow appropriate density and enforce consistent development standards in the corridor;
  • Placemaking to ensure the public realm is active and inviting across the corridor;
  • Mobility, Access & Connectivity for users of all transportation modes; and
  • Sustainability & Resilience to ensure that current environmental justice issues in the corridor are addressed and 21st century infrastructure is put in place to serve future needs while minimizing resource use.

The 12 station areas along the WSAB corridor have been characterized in the TOD SIP by type or typology, and the plan provides key characteristics and visualizations of the five development typologies. A vision for each station has been articulated, along with a concept plan representing development that could occur, assuming that the identified priority actions are taken. The ½-mile walk shed and 3-mile micro mobility (bicycle and other human powered device) shed for each station area has also been studied, and a network of facilities that would ensure 360-degree access to each station has been identified.

With the common understanding established in the TOD SIP, each WSAB community can more effectively direct public resources toward attracting the types of station area development and businesses that are aligned with their particular needs and individual competitive advantages. Adopting coordinated governance strategies and policies, as well as development guidance and access strategies will produce more equitable, sustainable, and impactful benefits for corridor communities, and more transit ridership overall, than would result from local jurisdictions acting alone. Further, taking a unified position to guide and influence regional, state and federal policies, and advocate for a share of regional resources should result in more resources for all.

With the completion of the TOD SIP, city and county staff are expected to review the recommendations with their local decision makers and stakeholders, and use the guidance within the Plan to inform their own station area planning, programs and implementation actions.

Materials

WSAB TOD SIP

WSAB TOD SIP Appendices

Contact Us

For more information, please contact Melani Smith, Senior Director, Countywide Planning & Development, at (213) 922-7276 or smithm8@metro.net .