The City of Los Angeles, in partnership with Metro, aims to support vibrant neighborhoods around transit stations, where people can live, work and shop or eat out, all within a safe and pleasant walk to transit stations. In June 2012, the Los Angeles Department of City Planning kicked-off an effort to create Transit Neighborhood Plans for the areas surrounding ten transit stations along the Exposition and Crenshaw/LAX Light Rail lines.
The focus of the Plans will be the establishment of new development regulations that better support transit ridership, such as allowing some increased development intensity near stations where appropriate, requiring the design of new buildings to be pedestrian-oriented, and improving the configuration and condition of streets to better promote pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicular circulation.
The Metro Crenshaw/LAX Light Rail Line will extend from the existing Metro Exposition Line at Crenshaw and Exposition Boulevards and will travel 8.5 miles to the Metro Green Line’s Aviation/LAX Station, adding seven new stations within or in close proximity to the City of Los Angeles. The line is scheduled to open in late 2019.
Phase 1 of the Expo Line light rail line opened in 2012, connecting Downtown Los Angeles with Culver City and many neighborhoods in between, including West Adams, USC, and South LA. In 2016, as part of Phase 2 of the Expo Line, four more stations will open within the City of Los Angeles when the line continues to its terminus at Colorado Boulevard and 4th Street in Santa Monica.