New artist opportunities in Metro’s expanding transit system

Artwork at Soto Station by Nobuho Nagasawa

Detail of artwork at Soto Station by Nobuho Nagasawa

Metro invites visual artists to submit qualifications for upcoming opportunities throughout the expanding Los Angeles Metro system. For more information and details on what to submit, please download the Call to Artists. Questions and answers regarding the Call are posted on the Metro Art page under the “Artist Opportunities” tab.

The application deadline is Monday, April 7, 2014.

If you’d like to sign up for the email list to get information about upcoming opportunities for artists, call 213.922.4ART or visit the Metro Art page and look under “Artist Opportunities.”

Metro looking for riders, non-riders and other stakeholders to take online surveys

Have an opinion about Metro service? Here is a chance to be heard! Photo by Steve Hymon/Metro.

Have an opinion about Metro service? Here is a chance to be heard! Photo by Steve Hymon/Metro.

I know that many readers of this blog have strong opinions about Metro and the agency’s transit service and highway programs. That’s great. It’s your taxes and fares that keep Metro rolling.

With that in mind, I wanted to give everybody a heads up that Metro’s Research department is in the midst of creating a group of riders, stakeholders and non-riders who would be willing to take occasional online surveys about specific issues facing the agency (fare changes, route changes, TAP, projects in the works, etc).

If you’re interested, please click here. The survey is also available in Spanish. And, if at any time, you want to leave Metro’s survey panel, simply send an email to with “Remove from Survey Panel” in the email’s subject line.

I think this is a very good opportunity to have your voices heard. Leaving comments here is great, too — and I regularly pass along comments to Metro staff. But the blog comment board is hardly scientific and the new online surveys also hold the promise of being easier to conduct than expensive, time-consuming surveys done over the phone.

Please check it out if you’re interested. As far as I’m concerned, the more public participation the better.

Six Metro divisions recognized as International Standards Organization (ISO) 14001 certified facilities

Division 20 EMS Facility Core Team with Chief Operations Officer Debra Johnson and EMS Executive Sponsor K.N. Murthy. Photo: Josh Southwick/Metro.

Division 20 EMS Facility Core Team with Chief Operations Officer Debra Johnson and EMS Executive Sponsor K.N. Murthy. Photo: Josh Southwick/Metro.

Six Metro divisions were recently recognized as International Standards Organization (ISO) 14001 certified facilities for their exemplary efforts in developing and implementing Metro’s Environmental Management System (EMS) at their facilities. Over the last month, transportation and maintenance staff at Divisions 9, 10, 11, 20/Location 61, 21 and the Central Maintenance Facility each received their facility’s 14001 certificate.

Becoming ISO 14001 certified signifies a level of international excellence in the operations of a facility and its staff and management. EMS is a collection of best practices that assist the agency in reducing its environmental impact and safety risks as well as minimizing waste and costs. It also improves productivity and efficiency and empowers staff to formulate innovative solutions on critical issues.

Additional Metro divisions are scheduled to be folded into the program and become ISO 14001 certified in the coming months. Metro is considered a leader among the few other ISO 14001 certified transit agencies across the country and is the first to receive this recognition for a multi-site system.

Metro named finalist by as “Most Valuable Employer” for military job seekers

Metro’s Veterans Hiring Initiative has been named a finalist for the 2014 Most Valuable Employer (MVE) award by

The MVE recognition serves to help military-experienced job seekers and veterans identify the top employers to target for civilian careers. The recognition is open to all U.S.-based companies and finalists are selected based on surveys in which employers outline their recruiting, training and retention plans that best serve military service members and veterans.More than 100 businesses are being acknowledged based on the quality of their veteran hiring focus.

Winners will be announced in May, but in the meantime Metro staff will be attending the following job fairs to increase awareness of Metro career opportunities in military communities:

Tuesday, March 25

Military Spouse Employment Program Hiring Fair and Career Forum U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Hiring Our Heroes Pacific Views Event Center Bldg. 202850 – San Jacinto Rd., Camp Pendleton, CA 92055

Friday, March 28

Job Fair America’s JobCenter of California, Northeast SFV Work Source Center 11623 Glenoaks Blvd., Pacoima, CA 91331

Saturday, March 29

19th Annual Community Job Fair Los Angeles Dodgers Dodger Stadium – 1000 Elysian Park Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Thursday, April 17

Hiring Fair U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Hiring Our Heroes 2035 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA  90068

Metro officials promote transportation jobs at Crenshaw High School


Metro CEO Art Leahy and other agency officials visited Crenshaw High School on Friday morning as part of African American History Month and to promote careers in the transportation industry to students who live and go to school along the route of the future Crenshaw/LAX Line. The high school is a short walk from the future Crenshaw/Vernon station. Five students from Crenshaw High will be joining Metro as interns this summer.

Next stop: Art will be visiting Inglewood High on March 3. 


Metro welcomes small business and prime contractors to great contracting opportunities during construction boom

MTP Flyer 2014

More than 600 small business and 25 prime contractors are expected to visit Metro on Tuesday, February 25, to learn about business opportunities and to facilitate one-on-one conversations between small business and decision-makers from the construction industry.

This a great opportunity for small business owners and prime contractors to network, market products and services and build relationships for future opportunities with some of the area’s leading contractors.

The mixer will take place on the third floor at Metro headquarters, One Gateway Plaza, downtown Los Angeles, 90012, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

For additional information e-mail us at or register online visit and click on the “Meetings” tab.

Calling all veterans in L.A. County

Since April 2012, Metro has led a successful Veteran’s Hiring Initiative with a goal that 12% of new hires be veterans. As part of this initiative, Metro has participated in numerous career fairs, hosted networking events and collaborated with other organizations in an effort to reach into the veteran community.

Metro will also be utilizing the Los Angeles Veteran’s Survey to help improve outreach efforts and effectively engage with the veteran population. If you or someone you know has served in the military and currently resides in L.A. County, you are encouraged to participate in the survey. Your participation in the survey will help Metro gain greater insight to LA’s veteran population, which will help the agency target its outreach effort in hopes of increasing the veteran representation in Metro’s applicant pools and help Metro continue in growing its veteran workforce.