LA Metro is unique among the nation’s transportation agencies, serving as transportation planner, coordinator, designer, builder, and operator for one of the country’s largest, most populous counties. More than 9.6 million people – nearly one-third of California’s residents – live, work and play within its 1,433 square mile service area. Sustainability is high on the list of agency values, with a commitment to reduce, reuse and recycle all internal resources and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Integrated Station Design Solutions have created design standards that use a kit of parts assuring system consistency with local variations. Solar canopies over light rail station platforms will be adequate to power the operations of each station. They will provide platform shading as well as energy generation. Landscape plans will use native species instead of imported palm trees, helping with stormwater management. The Twenty-Eight by ’28 initiative highlights 28 Metro projects for potential completion by the 2028 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games. The 2028 Games are an opportunity to advocate for resources to accelerate these projects, and a milestone to show what can be accomplished by working collaboratively as a region – with benefits to Los Angeles County for generations to come.
Adam Light, AICP-CUD, is Senior Director of Systemwide Design for Los Angeles Metro, where he directs a team of planning and urban design professionals responsible for rail station architecture and urban design best practices implementation. Prior to joining Metro, Mr. Light served as urban design and planning lead for Toronto, Canada’s “Spadina Subway Extension”, which opened December 2017. Mr. Light was a major project planner, urban design and preservation specialist, and Manager of the Northeast (downtown) Neighborhood Planning team for the San Francisco Planning Department from 1997 – 2008, and previously worked for the New York Department of City Planning’s Transportation Planning Division, and the Rockville, Maryland Planning Department. Mr. Light has been an avid city dweller and car-free transit rider since 1994!
1. Describe the objectives, achievements, and empowerment of LA Metro as a public agency and think tank for urban development in Los Angeles County.
2. Discuss the parameters of how the city of the future relates to the extension, expansion, and modernization of public transit systems and infrastructure in Los Angeles, and how the kit of parts design standards for Integrated Station Design Solutions utilizes photovoltaic canopies for both energy generation and solar shading.
3. Illustrate how the “Twenty-Eight by ‘28” LA Metro station expansion initiative will address the needs of a city growing less reliant on cars and freeways, and what system planners have learned from other cities, including Toronto.
4. Identify how regional cooperation with nearby municipalities, including Santa Monica, Culver City and Long Beach, addresses the environmental benefits of sustainable urbanization and reduces vehicular carbon emissions.
Joining with the Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization are UN-Habitat, AIA New York, NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-NY, Habitat Professionals Forum for Sustainable Cities, Perkins-Eastman, Creative Exchange Lab, AIANY Planning & Urban Design, and Columbia | Center for Buildings, Infrastructure & Public Space.