Seeking to document the impact of investment in local transportation, Metro released its initial “Quality of Life” report last year. The final version of that report was released Thursday.
The idea behind the report is twofold:
One, to show that Metro’s transit and highway programs carry many direct and indirect benefits.
Two, to establish benchmarks against which the agency’s progress can be measured.
This report mostly covers the years 2008 to 2015. Why the 2008 starting point? That’s the year that Los Angeles County voters approved the the Measure R half-cent sales tax that largely funded the Expo Line and Gold Line extensions that opened last year, as well as the three Metro Rail projects currently under construction. Going forward, the Measure M sales tax approved in November adds funding to Measure R while also adding new projects and programs.
The full report is at the bottom of this post. I also pulled a lot of the pages and posted above. Please feel free to save and use. Current ridership info is here, btw. I thought the most interesting numbers involved housing and development built near transit — there were 12,200-plus housing units built within a half-mile of transit between 2008 and 2015 and those households typically had fewer overall vehicles.
I’m guessing the DTLA boom was a big part of that — but there has also been considerable development near transit in many other parts of the county.
Another factoid worth noting on programs that don’t get a lot of attention but help improve mobility: Metro vanpool trips have increased from 2.2 million to more than four million in 2014. Metro also funds door-to-door paratransit services for people with disabilities through Access Services with usage up 77 percent over the last four years. Wheelchair boardings on Metro’s regular bus service has increased from 489,850 to more than one million in 2014.
Here is the entire report: