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Special Projects

Our Special Projects team serves as the area manager for the City of Los Angeles, the County’s Central Los Angeles region and Metro’s countywide multifaith outreach initiative. Our team focuses on the following:

  • Building relationships with a wide range of stakeholders,
  • Organizing and leading Metro’s countywide multifaith outreach effort
  • Facilitating coordination with City officials and staff for Metro’s projects, programs, and initiatives in the City of Los Angeles and Central Los Angeles
  • Coordinating outreach programs for Metro’s active transportation and First Last Mile projects countywide (e.g. Complete Streets, Mobility on Demand, Metro Bike Share)

Subscribe to our Central LA newsletter- The Central Scoop – to receive a bimonthly roundup of Metro projects, programs and initiatives and community events that intersect Central LA neighborhoods.

Our team strategizes, implements, and facilitates outreach programs for the following Metro projects in Central Los Angeles:

Los Angeles River Path

Division 20 Portal Widening & Turnback Facility

Union Station Forecourt & Esplanade Improvements

Eastside Access Improvements

Emergency Security Operations Center

Connect US

Metro Bike Share- Downtown

Cesar E. Chavez Bus Stop Improvement Project

Joint Development Boyle Heights

Joint Development Little Tokyo/Arts District Station

Vermont Corridor

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The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority ( Metro ) considers all who reside, work and travel within LA County to be stakehholders of the agency. Residents, institutions, locally situated businesses, community-based organizations, religious leaders and the elected officials who represent them are particularly important in relation to public participation planning and outreach. Communications with the public is a continuum of involvement concerning service, fare changes, studies and initiatives, short- and long-range planning documents, environmental studies, project planning and construction, and transit safety education.

This Public Participation Plan ( Plan ) has been assembled to capture the methods, innovations and measurements of the agency’s commitment to meet and exceed the prescribed requirements of the U.S. Department of Transportation ( USDOT ), including Federal Transit Administration ( FTA ) Circulars C 4702.1B citing recipients’ responsibilities to Limited English Proficient persons, FTA Circular C 4703.1, guiding recipients on integrating principles of Environmental Justice into the transportation decision-making process, and Federal Highway Administration’s ( FHWA ) Title VI program. The Plan is also consistent with Title VI, (non-discrimination regulations) of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 162(a) of the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1973 and The Age Discrimination Act of 1975.

Every three years, Metro updates the Public Participation Plan per the requirements listed above. As of the last update in 2016, the Plan was released in early 2019 for the public to review and provide input. The Draft 2019 Plan and its draft revisions, included:

  • Metro’s Equity Platform Framework
  • Organizational changes to the Metro Community Relations Department
  • Updated case studies that reflect Metro’s commitment to reach the public in ways beyond traditional methods

Metro sought input from the public for the Plan from, March 6, 2019, to Friday, April 12, 2019, to ensure we are doing the best we can to inform the public about Metro projects, programs and initiatives. Metro staff received 84 comments and updated the Plan based on new outreach tools that could support Metro’s commitment to go above and beyond federally-prescribed requirements.

The updates incorporated into this Final Plan include:

  • Added “limited education attainment levels” (see pages 5, 7, 9)
  • Further updated the Equity Platform Framework language and included links to the Framework’s activation plan (see page 6)
  • Added language on an agency-wide Community-based Organization Strategy (see page 7)
  • Added active transportation language and bike statistics to our outreach efforts (see page 2)
  • Added faith-based and community-based institutions for meeting locations (see page 8)

Metro appreciates all the input received on the 2019 Public Participation Plan and looks forward to how it will serve as a guide for implementing public engagement programs for the entire agency.

Metro recognizes the need to elevate and incorporate voices of faith leaders in developing Metro programs. With the support of faith communities, Metro invites faith leaders from seven regions of LA County to participate in Faith Leader Roundtables to explore how Metro’s mission and programs align with the ministries and community-based work faith leaders do each day. The Faith Leader Roundtable seek input to help shape the future of LA County’s transportation system and to serve the diverse communities of LA County.

Metro invites leaders of faith-based institutions and organizations to participate in one of the seven Faith Leader Roundtables hosted across LA County:

  • Central Los Angeles
  • Gateway Cities
  • San Fernando Valley – North County
  • San Gabriel Valley
  • South Bay Cities
  • South Los Angeles
  • Westside

Want to get involved? Here are a few options:

  • Register for the 2020 Metro Faith Leaders Summit: The Spirit of Collaboration on Wednesday, April 29, 2020. Learn more at
  • Email to subscribe to the Metro Bulletin, a newsletter for our faith-based stakeholders who want to receive a regular update of Metro projects, programs, and initiatives.

We connect with Central Los Angeles community members  to highlight their stories in our Central Los Angeles newsletter – The Central Scoop. Stay in the loop and subscribe to the newsletter that brings you a bimonthly roundup of Metro projects, programs and initiatives and community events intersecting Central LA neighborhoods. Email Christina Harrington at . See past newsletters here .

Community Spotlight, July 2018

Community Conversations: Melissa Potts shares the past and present of Los Angeles State Historic Park: Read the full story .

Community Spotlight, May 2018

Community Conversations with Eugene Wong Moy: Eugene Wong Moy, an urban planner born in LA Chinatown and raised in South LA, shares his views on the evolution of Chinatown and the development of LA transportation. Read the full story .

Eugene Wong Moy
Chinatown, Los Angeles

Community Spotlight, March 2018

Metro Hosts Immersion Tour with Arts District: Metro Staff participated in an immersive tour with Arts District community leaders who shared their perspectives about the community’s past, present and future. Read the full story .

Metro Hosts Immersion Tour with Arts Distric
Metro Hosts Immersion Tour with Arts Distric

Community Spotlight, January 2018

Olvera Street Shop Owners Bring Generations of Mexican History to DTLA. Read the full story .

Olvera Street Shop
Olvera Street Shop Owners