Metro might put showers in some train stations for LA’s homeless

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To promote hygiene and quell the spread of infectious diseases among LA’s growing homeless population, Metro is weighing whether to put showers and bathrooms in or near some of its 93 train stations.

On Thursday, Metro’s Board of Directors will consider a motion that, if passed, would trigger a more detailed plan of action to pilot a hygiene and mobile shower program.

The plan would be due in four months, meaning details are scarce right now. But the motion notes that the program would roll out first at the North Hollywood and Westlake/MacArthur Park stations.

The motion also includes a provision to begin studying a long-term plan for to incorporate public restrooms at all new rail stations.

Spearheaded by county supervisor Hilda Solis, the motion follows a similar program developed by the county Board of Supervisors earlier this year. In February, the county kicked off a mobile-shower pilot program in East Pasadena.

Aside from basic hygiene, one of the aims of the Metro service would be to help connect LA’s homeless to services offered by local governments and their partners, according to Solis’ office.

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