Metro Green Places

This website provides tools and resources to reimagine and reinvent public spaces in your community. We encourage you to explore this website to learn how you can improve your neighborhood or city by creating transit-adjacent projects that facilitate access to Metro bus and rail lines throughout the Los Angeles region and enhance transit riders’ experience getting to and from stations.

Reimagine and Reinvent Public Spaces

Metro's Green Places is designed for use across the Los Angeles region, by City and County representatives, civic leaders, advocates, and community members as well as by Metro staff.

You can use this website as a... RESOURCE ROADMAP

Look up example greening and placemaking projects, examples of pitfalls to avoid and best practices for things like partnerships and maintenance.


Look, in particular, at the "Get it Done" section for helpful references such as the resource library, funding sources , and case studies.



See the basics about how to implement a particular greening or placemaking project that you have already envisioned.


Look at the Tools Section for the placemaking and greening toolkit and browse through flashcards that describe methods to improve the public and private realm in and around transit-stations.



Provide resources & best practice guidance

 for LA County, City organizations, community groups, and private institutions relating to Greening and Placemaking at and around Metro transit stops and stations.


Serve as a reflection of Metro values

relating to the quality of the experience getting to and from transit as well as the interface between Metro facilities and the community.

Work hand-in-hand with Metro’s First Last Mile Strategic Plan

to lay out a process of analysis and solution-identification, which can be taken to enhance the experience of taking and using transit, thereby increasing ridership.

Encourage partnerships & synergies

between interested parties around the LA region, who are working toward achieving environmental and community-oriented goals.



Transit Friendly & Car Rich
Hot & Getting Hotter

On average Metro welcomes 1.5 million transit riders daily on Metro rail cars and buses around the Los Angeles region.  The City of LA alone ranks 3rd in public transit usage compared to other cities nationwide.  At the same time, LA and the surrounding areas have more cars than any other urban area in the world (UCLA Grand Challenges).

The average daily high temperature in LA is a comfortable 75.6 degrees Fahrenheit (LA Almanac, National Weather Service, 1981-2010) . From 1878 to 2005, however, LA temperatures rose 4 degrees on average, from around 62 degrees to 66 degrees. (Nasa Earth Observatory) .  The UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability predicts that temperatures in the Los Angeles region will rise by an average of 4 to 5 degrees by the middle of this century.  While there has been major progress in air quality throughout the County during the past 40 years, the EPA reports that the LA region has the worst air quality of any region in the US (The Sustainable City pLAn) .

Los Angeles is heavily dependent on water supply from the Colorado River, Eastern Sierra, and the Bay-Delta regions. The  UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability’s “Environmental Report Card” for LA County reports that around 58% of water used in Los Angeles County is sourced from outside the region.  This means that the region will have to get smarter about how it uses and reuses its precious water resources.

By improving the experience of taking transit through greening and placemaking, this website helps to:
Encourage transit use
Address Los Angeles’ unique environmental challenges