The regular monthly meeting of the Metro Board is scheduled for 9 a.m. tomorrow on the 3rd floor of Metro headquarters adjacent to Union Station in downtown Los Angeles. Meetings, of course, are open to the public.
Here’s the agenda. And here is a quick preview of two items likely to generate public interest:
•Item 16: A motion by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas asking for the Crenshaw/LAX Line to be built underground between 48th and 59th streets in the Park Mesa Heights area and for an additional station to be added at Vernon and Crenshaw in Leimert Park.
An analysis conducted by Metro staff concluded the line can be safely built at grade while navigating the seven intersections in the area and also keeping all current traffic lanes on Crenshaw. The estimated cost of building the 11 blocks underground would be $167 million without a station at Slauson and $219 million with a station at Crenshaw and Slauson.
The cost of adding a station at Vernon is estimated at $120 million. The estimated cost range of the entire project is about $1.59 billion to $1.7 billion.
A Google map is below with a satellite view of the area. There are several issues involved: the availability of funds, the proximity of a station at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Crenshaw to Leimert Park and Metro’s railroad grade policy (to name three). Another big issue: Leimert Park is widely recognized a key part of South Los Angeles from both a cultural and economic standpoint.
•Item 23: A motion by Board Members Don Knabe and Diane DuBois asking Metro staff to report on crowds on Metro Rail and impact on Metro passengers of removing some seats on train cars to accommodate more bikes.
The motion is in response to a proposal by Metro staff to revamp the agency’s bike policy to allow bikes on trains during peak hours to help more cyclists use Metro to commute. Here’s an earlier post about that proposal.