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First/Last Mile

First/Last Mile

Metro has a plan to make it easier to get around LA. It includes improving every trip with safe and accessible first/last mile (FLM) connections.

First/Last Mile Policy

Metro has a unique program to improve access around transit stations and stops. Metro’s goal to make it easier to travel in Los Angeles includes riders who walk, bike or roll to and from their nearest station or bus stop. This journey is called the “first/last mile connection”. These connections create pathways to transit for people of all ages and abilities. Our commitment is to improve the safety of public streets and sidewalks around Metro transit areas.

What is Metro’s approach to first/last mile planning?

Equity is at the core of the FLM planning approach. FLM plans are prepared with extensive community involvement focused on the needs of current and future transit riders. Our outreach prioritizes the input of local communities and stakeholders to develop a set of community-supported improvements surrounding stations and bus stops. Metro establishes local partnerships. We use a flexible, data-driven, and community-oriented approach to prepare plans that respond to the unique conditions of each station area and strengthen connections between transit stations and their surrounding communities.

Examples of first/last mile improvements related to street and sidewalk infrastructure include:
  • Traffic calming, curb extensions, street trees and landscaping
  • Signal timing for pedestrians and cyclists
  • Bike lanes, bike parking and bike share stations
  • Wayfinding signage to key destinations and transit connections
  • New or improved sidewalks and crosswalks 

First/Last Mile Program: Current Program Areas

The FLM project portfolio is comprised of plans for new transit projects, plans for existing stations and other external projects that support the FLM goals.

Metro Active Transport (MAT) Projects

Measure M establishes the Metro Active Transport and First/Last Mile (MAT) Program, Metro’s ongoing active transportation infrastructure funding program. The main objective of the MAT program is to encourage increased use of active modes of transportation and enhance safety for pedestrians and bicyclists. The MAT program proceeds in a 5-year cycle, and currently funds both FLM projects and Active Transportation Corridor projects.

For more information, including funding cycle information and criteria, as well as information on current projects, please visit: https://lbt-preprod.la-metro-web.net/about/metro-active-transport-transit-and-first-last-mile-program/

First/Last Mile Plans

The FLM team leads the development of FLM plans for new transit projects and for existing stations. FLM plan development involves technical analysis and collaboration with communities and local agency partners. FLM plans to establish project lists of comprehensive station access and safety improvements. FLM plans and the project lists they contain, prompt further collaboration to fund and implement improvements.

Street Safety Program

The FLM team leads the implementation of the Metro Street Safety, Data Sharing, and Collaboration Policy which was adopted by the Metro Board of Directors in June 2022.

Transit to Parks

Metro envisions a Los Angeles in which people can use a network of varied and connected transportation options to get to their neighborhood parks, regional open space destinations, and other recreational spaces.

For more information, please visit: https://transit2parks-lametro.hub.arcgis.com/

How can I participate in first/last mile planning?

There are two ways to participate:
  • Join a walk audit around a station area of interest. This is a site visit where community stakeholders and Metro representatives walk a station area to note opportunities, barriers and behaviors they observe. This information is compiled and analyzed to inform first/last mile plans.
  • Attend community events. These events outline planning efforts and provide an opportunity to submit feedback to Metro on the process and planned improvements.

Additional Resources

Contact Us

Jacob Lieb
Senior Director




Metro LEP information graphic including phone numbers (323-466-3876, ext 2) in various languages.

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