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: