Introducing Draft Metro’s Vision 2028 Plan; comment period begins today

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In L.A. County, mobility is everything. Our ability to get around is directly related to our region’s future, its economic and social promise and our quality of life. Metro staff today open the public review period for the draft Metro Vision 2028 Plan. This is Metro’s big picture plan for transforming and improving the way we move the next 10 years.

Here is the critical issue: In L.A. County, mobility is hampered by a system that has limited carrying capacity due to our inefficient use of space. The current arrangement is not sustainable over the long-term from an economic or environmental perspective. We have to change the way we move to make L.A. County a happier, more vibrant, more prosperous and more equitable place to live and work.

Better mobility in L.A. County can best be achieved by prioritizing the movement of people over vehicles. This means using our limited road space more efficiently and giving everyone higher-quality options for getting around, regardless of how you choose to travel. The Metro Vision 2028 plan describes the vision, goals and initiatives we will undertake to make these changes over the next 10 years. This is no easy feat and will require unprecedented leadership, partnership and widespread support of the vision for our mobility future.

The Metro Vision 2028 public review period runs from April 27 to May 24. For more information on how you can provide feedback on the draft plan, visit metro.net/vision2028 — there is an online comment form. The Metro Board of Directors will consider adopting the plan at their meeting on June 28.

Here are some of the highlights that will likely be most interesting to Source readers:

  • The plan tackles mobility by addressing both the supply and demand sides of transportation: the need to supply more and high-quality transportation alternatives to solo driving and the equally important need to manage the demand for more travel. In the past, most of our strategies have addressed the supply side—building more roadways and expanding transit. But to have a real impact, we’ll need to look at managing the growing demand on our precious space. We’ll do this by exploring pricing strategies that encourage more efficient use of the existing roadway capacity and giving priority to transit.
  • The plan shifts Metro’s focus from the system Metro operates to the mobility ecosystem as a whole. We are not just a transit agency – we are a mobility agency.
  • The plan emphasizes spending less time traveling. For example, the plan calls for:
    • Improving average speeds on the bus network by 30 percent;
    • Updating the way we manage our aging transit assets to keep them in a state of good repair, thus reducing trip disruptions on our buses and trains;
    • Implementing a larger network of ExpressLanes by 2028, thus providing solo drivers a choice to pay a toll in order to save time while also improving the performance of our bus rapid transit services that run along such corridors;
    • Piloting pricing strategies to manage demand on capacity in the most traffic-clogged parts of L.A. County.
  • Metro will focus on improving the customer experience and making our system easier and more convenient to use. Putting the customer at the heart of the journey is critical to improving mobility.

We encourage you to give the Metro Vision 2028 plan a read. There is more in there, we promise – above are a few highlights. The plan also tackles housing, safety and security, fares, agency finances and creating more jobs across the region. Ultimately, we hope you’ll join us as we build a better transportation future for L.A. County.

Below are the appendices for the plan, which includes a detailed customer satisfaction survey: 

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Categories: Policy & Funding, Projects

3 replies

  1. Having desirable goals are one small step in a vey long process. Specifically:

    * When will Metro identify the specific projects, including schedules and costs?

    * How will the various Metro Rapid Lines be upgraded to True BRT lines, with exclusive lanes?

    * Are their sufficient funds to provide all day hourly sand 15-30 minute service on ALL Metrolink Lines. In particular,, can the line in the I-10 median be double tracked or, at a minimum add severla passing sidings?

    * Will Amtrak service be integrated seamlessly with Metro?

    * Will Metro service be integrated with that in the surrounding counties so that there can be extensive inter-county service?

    * Can a Universal TAP-related system be created to enable seamless transfers between ALL transit services, including OCTA, RTA, OmniTrans, VCTA, and even Metrolink?

    I no doubt will have additional comments as the process progresses, but these are a “first step” in what will be long and comlicated process.

  2. Amtrak offers service to Santa Barbara from Union Station departing at 4:09 A.M. Right now the trip from my area requires TWO buses, and takes 32 minutes.

    If I take that trip to Union Station a few hours later, that trip is 15 minutes.

    If I miss Metrolink’s 645 OC train and I’ve already bought a ticket, the Amtrak train will not honor the fare, and if my destination is Buena Park, Norwalk (unlikely but possible), or Orange Station, i’m out of luck.

    The metro app is currently pretty inaccurate as well, and it feels like bus service has gotten worse in the last two years. Wilshire once touted 90 second service; 90 seconds! I understand that we have a dig going on but 20-25 minutes is not rapid when my ride can be 30-60 minutes.

    Id happily pay 2.25 or have an upgraded pass for TRUE rapid service.

    The reason being is that people in general do not understand the concept of rapid service I feel. They just think, “This is the fastest way.” If the bus is packed and you’re going less than a mile, why bother? Use the local! This will make people think twice before they ride the 720 from La Brea to Fairfax, and may opt for the 20. OR, if they want to upgrade their fare in a pinch, drop fifty cents in the slot and get to where you’ve got to go. Mobility isn’t just a word, and I get that its not cheap to move everyone, but the feeling that Im being swindled is as old as the railways and public transit itself, sheeeesh. Do they really care?