Metro is innovative.
The world is changing fast, and LA County is, too. Southern California always has been on the cutting edge; Metro aims to be just as innovative as the region we serve. Among our ground-breaking efforts:
- We helped our patrons bridge the first and last legs of their transit-based trips through a partnership with Zipcar to provide shared cars for hourly or daily use at 10 Metro park-and-ride locations.
- As one first/last mile solution, Metro’s Board approved a Countywide Bikeshare program, which plans to launch approximately 80 stations and 1,000 bikes by 2016 as part of the downtown LA pilot.
- This year, we brought back speed dating on the Red Line, participated in dinner tours throughout LA County and hosted a holiday scavenger hunt. We also strategically partnered with museums and cultural destinations such as Grand Park, FYF Fest, Santa Monica Museum of Art, The Music Center, Hollywood Pantages and Los Angeles Philharmonic to promote public transportation.
- Twitter rider alerts keep our customers apprised of real-time changes, improvements, delays and rider tips for bus and rail service. We also have service alerts for elevator closures at rail stations, which are so important to our wheelchair patrons.
- The Source and El Pasajero blogs offer readers special offers, destination tips and timely news about important transportation initiatives throughout the country and around the world.
- Metro proudly furthered the reach of CicLAvia and other Open Street events, providing $2 million of grant funding annually for the wildly popular one-day, car-free events around LA County.
These events have increased ridership on Metro Rail lines and increased sales for local businesses on the day of the event.
- Metro’s Joint Development Program is a major player in the changing landscape of LA County. Metro projects will provide 2,017 new homes, with 31 percent offered as affordable housing.
- We launched a comprehensive Small Business Prime program to aid these companies in competing as prime contractors on Metro projects. In tandem, Metro launched Metro Connect, a program offering practical advice and training to small businesses to help them succeed in the competition process.
- Following Metro’s successful work with Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA) to reform federal Local Hire rules, the U.S. Department of Transportation launched a one-year pilot program to permit Local Hiring for projects funded through the Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration.
- We launched the Disabled Veterans Business Enterprise, a program to expand contracting for businesses owned by disabled veterans and help veterans successfully bid on projects. We also created a new VetsGo511 website to provide resources for employment, education, healthcare, and transportation options to LA-area veterans.