In 2015, the Melrose BID & CD5 applied for an MTA grant to enhance pedestrian safety and comfort in the first and last mile of public transit routes.
An MTA grant was received for administration through StreetsLA, providing much needed improvements to the pedestrian and transit spaces on Melrose Ave. between Highland and Fairfax. The awarded grant included funding for lighting and access improvements at bus stops, sidewalk widening, and shade trees.
As part of the MTA Grant, more than a hundred (100) new shade trees were planted in June, 2023. The types of trees that were planted included Chinese Pistache (Pistacia chinensis), Brisbane Box (Lophostemon confertus), and London Plane Tree (a hybrid of Platanus orientalis –oriental plane—and Platanus occidentalis – American sycamore).