The Metro Board of Directors is meeting tomorrow at 9 a.m. and one of the items to be discussed is the following motion by Los Angeles Mayor and Board Chairman Antonio Villaraigosa.
After several rounds of bus service cuts and changes in the past few years — Villaraigosa voted against the most recent cuts — the motion seeks to prevent cuts to any more “tier 1″ lines. Those, generally speaking, are Metro’s busiest bus lines.
The Villaraigosa motion also seeks to expand bus rapid transit in L.A. County, use TAP as the basis for a regional fare system and generate more data on bus ridership.
The discussion, I predict, will involve the costs of some of those goals. Metro is on the verge of beginning construction on several large transit projects funded by Measure R and both state and federal funds for transit operations are declining. The other policy question is whether this data, if generated, will be used or vanish into the ether.
Here is the motion below — click on the pages to see them larger.