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L.A. First Last Mile Metro Planning

Working alongside the L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Southern California Association of Governments, IBI Group helped establish the first of its kind and award winning physically active network-based strategy for improving station access and ridership throughout the Los Angeles county — with special focus on the first & last mile of a rider’s journey.

LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Los Angeles, CA
2015 Completion

In order for L.A. to realize the full potential of their bold transit expansion program, IBI Group was tasked with developing policies and goals relating to multi-modal access and system integration. Simply put, how can we improve the first and last miles of a commute for urban transit riders? Guidelines needed to be developed that would lead regional implementation efforts with a focus on connectivity, mobility, social equity, and community health. 

Pedestrian access improvements were at the heart of our First Last Mile Strategic Plan, resulting in “The Pathway” — a visually intuitive, safe, universally accessible, and easy-to-navigate system that supports simpler access to transit stations and multi-modal transfers. 

The plan took shape after a thorough review process that included GIS mapping analysis, survey analysis, stakeholder outreach, components design, and managed sub consultants. We provided rigorous outlines for extended station area analysis, which leads to the identification of prioritized pedestrian routes and possible bike share locations as part of the strategy’s “plug in” components.

Lauded for its simplicity and innovative use of infograph-based design, the Plan was honoured by the American Planning Association, winning the 2015 National Planning Excellence Award for a Best Practice — one of the most prestigious recognitions in the industry. 

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David Chow

Director | US P3 and Mobility+ Lead
Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles, CA
Many firms say they are multidisciplinary, but IBI Group delivers this value from the very beginning of a project. It is part of how we think and what makes us unique.

As US Lead, Infrastructure, David Chow is responsible for the region’s operational results, including financial performance, professional and technical work, staff development, and client satisfaction. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree (Civil Engineering) from the University of California at Irvine and is both a registered Professional Engineer (Civil) and a certified Planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners. He is a licensed engineer in California, Arizona, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, and North Carolina, and is nationally certified by AICP as a planner in North America.

David has over 25 years of experience in engineering, planning, and urban design. He has managed major investment studies, complex transportation and land-use projects, Transit Oriented Development projects, as well as the design of local and regional transit systems, and technical work for environmental impact studies.

Improving the first and last mile connections for public transit users is an ongoing issue for Los Angeles and many major metropolitan areas and this study addresses the issue right on. The strategic goals of the plan were simple: Identify policies that can expand the reach of transit; maximize multi-modal benefits and efficiencies; and, build and enhance the sustainability planning policy in place.

David Chow
US Lead, Infrastructure
IBI Group