Metro is in the process of developing a Street Safety Policy to improve safety for all street users in Los Angeles County.
Some background: in January 2021, the Metro Board of Directors approved a motion calling for the development of a Metro Street Safety Policy. The motion builds upon the existing safety commitments in Goal 1.2 of Vision 2028, the agency’s strategic plan.
In Los Angeles County, vehicle collisions killed more than 700 people and injured nearly 90,000 in 2019 – an unacceptable cost of the status quo of the County’s streets. In the city of L.A., 294 people were killed in collisions in 2021, according to LAPD. This was 22 percent higher than 2020 and 19% higher than 2019
Furthermore, these crashes are not evenly distributed — killing, and injuring Black, Latinx, and unhoused residents at greater rates than other people and forming a major barrier to equitable transportation access.
While Metro does not design streets or set speed limits, Metro can help promote and improve street safety through as a transit operator, infrastructure planner, funder, educator, and regional convener of jurisdictions. For example, data and observations from our buses can help identify dangerous street conditions and the agency can support legislation that prioritizes street safety.
Join Metro staff for a virtual meeting where staff will discuss the status of the policy. All sessions will be held virtually over Zoom.
When: April 1 at 10 a.m.
Register through Eventbrite: https://metrostreetsafetypolicy.eventbrite.com
*All Metro meetings are accessible to persons with disabilities. ADA accommodations and translations are available by calling 213.922.2049 at least 72 hours in advance.