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LA Metro report highlights on-demand service, congestion pricing study
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro) Chief Executive Officer Phillip Washington yesterday delivered an annual State of the Agency report that highlights the agency's progress in areas such as adding first- and last-mile services.
In the report, Washington noted that the agency has successfully launched a pilot program to provide on-demand first- and last-mile service around three major transportation hubs at the Artesia, El Monte and North Hollywood stations in Los Angeles.
The agency is also working toward implementing a microtransit pilot program later this year that will offer shorter on-demand trips for LA Metro riders.
Washington’s one-year update also outlined the agency's progress in implementing its Vision 2028 Plan included information on congestion pricing, transit-oriented developments (TOD) and employee hiring, according to an LA Metro press release.
The report stated the agency will begin a study on the possibility of adding congestion pricing in 2020. The study will place a priority on community engagement to help develop widespread support for a pilot program, Washington said.
In the coming months, LA Metro will work on its TOD development plan, which will include actions the agency and LA County cities can take to increase housing near transit.
Currently, 31 percent of all units built on LA Metro-owned land are "affordable" units, according to the press release. Of the projects underway and planned, 85 percent are proposed to be affordable to households at or below 60 percent of the area’s median income.
Lastly, Washington noted that the agency continues to create opportunities for people to work on LA Metro construction projects under the agency’s project labor agreement/construction careers policy. As a result, 59 percent of LA Metro workers come from economically disadvantaged areas.
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