Envisioning a Fareless LA Metro (Flyer)

What is fareless transit, and why does it matter? Click here to read through and share our resource on how Los Angeles can have universal, fare-free buses. (Printer-friendly version here)

Metro as a Sanctuary: Reimagining Safety on Public Transit (One-pager)

Alliance for Community Transit - Los Angeles (2021) Read more here

Metro as a Sanctuary: Reimagining Safety on Public Transit (Report)

Alliance for Community Transit – Los Angeles (2021). Read it here.

Transit Oriented Los Angeles: Envisioning an Equitable and Thriving Future

UCLA Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies (2018). Read more here. Read more here

Transit Oriented Development and Affordable Communities In Los Angeles County: An Opportunity to Serve Neighborhoods and Families Equitably

Neighborhood Housing Services of LA County (2015). Read more here

Lead the Way, California: A Transportation Platform to Move us Forward

Climate Resolve (2018). Read more here. Read more here

Developing a New Methodology for Analyzing Potential Displacement

Urban Displacement Project, UCLA & UC Berkeley (2017). Report examines the relationship between fixed-rail transit neighborhoods and displacement in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area, and also examines the effectiveness of anti-displacement strategies. Read report here.

Measures Matter: Ensuring Equitable Implementation of Los Angeles County Measures M & A

Study by USC's Program for Environmental and Regional Equity on Measures M & A that provides a definition and principles for equitable implementation, offers a process for getting there, and metrics for tracking and ensuring progress.  

Oriented for Whom? The Impact of Transit-Oriented Development on Six LA Communities

Urban Displacement Project, UCLA & UC Berkeley (2015). Read report here and learn more about project here.

Transit for All: Achieving Equity in Transit-Oriented Development

Alliance for Community Transit - Los Angeles (2013). Read more here.

An Agenda for Equity: A Framework for Building a Just Transportation Network in Los Angeles County

Vanessa Carter, Manuel Pastor, and Madeline Wander (2013) of USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) emphasize the need for “just growth” that prioritizes equity in transportation planning and development. Read more here

Preservation in Transit-Oriented Districts: A Study on the Need, Priorities, and Tools in Protecting Assisted and Unassisted Housing in the City of Los Angeles

Reconnecting America and City of Los Angeles Housing Department (2012), demonstrates the need for preserving housing in transit-oriented districts. Read more here

Is Just Growth Smarter Growth? The Effects of Gentrification on Transit Ridership and Driving in Los Angeles’ Station Area Neighborhoods

Dominie (2012) finds evidence of gentrification and corresponding decreases in transit ridership and increases in driving around rail transit stations in Los Angeles. Read more here

Smart Growth Policies: An Evaluation of Programs and Outcomes

Gen Fujioka (2011) shares findings on TOD and displacement mechanisms in Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, and Minneapolis. Read more here

Public Transit’s Impact on Housing Costs: A Review of the Literature

Keith Wardrip (2011), Center for Housing Policy, reviews various studies and reports that indicate that proximity to transit leads to higher land values and rents. Read more here

Transit-Oriented Development and Communities of Color: A Field Report

Gregory K. Ingram et al. (2011), Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, examines four states with smart growth policies and concludes that smart growth is likely to contribute to reduced affordability for rents and owners unless affordable housing programs are incorporated into the policies. Read more here

Creating Successful Transit-Oriented Districts in Los Angeles: A Citywide Toolkit for Achieving Regional Goals

Amanda Gehrke et al. (2010), Center for Transit-Oriented Development, funded by CALTRANS and Metro finds the current median income of transit area residents in Los Angeles is significantly lower than the regional median income and that these lower income households significantly more likely to be renters; making these households susceptible to displacement as housing prices rise. Read more here

Maintaining Diversity in America’s Transit-Rich Neighborhoods: Tools for Equitable Neighborhood Change

Stephanie Pollack et al. (2010), Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy finds a “stunningly high incidence of disproportionately rising rents and housing values” in transit rich neighborhoods when compared to metro areas. Read more here

Mapping Susceptibility to Gentrification: The Early Warning Toolkit

Karen Chapple (2009), Center for Community Innovation at the University of California, finds that gentrifying neighborhoods are nearly twice as likely to be located within a half mile of transit than any other neighborhoods. Read more here

Development Without Displacement, Development With Diversity

Association of Bay Area Governments (2009) report reveals increased displacement pressures in Bay Area transit areas and finding that many low-income households migrated to areas with poor or no transit service from transit areas between 2005-2007. Read more here