Metro trying vendor marketplace at Westlake/MacArthur Park station

The Macarthur Park street market will run as a year-long pilot program and could be expanded if it is successful. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority says the program will increase accessibility and safety at the station and eliminate vendors who don’t have permits. Lisa Schweitzer, a University of Southern California urban planning professor, hopes to see Metro encourage more commercial activity at all of its stations.

“Transit locations are the perfect spot for something like a cafe or even pharmacies and other kinds of necessaries,” Schweitzer said. “Because if we really want people to get rid of their cars or leave their cars at home, they have to do their shopping somewhere.”

SCPR article is here.