The final Thursday of the month is upon us, meaning the full Metro Board of Directors will convene at Metro HQ in downtown Los Angeles tomorrow at 9 a.m. for their regular meeting. The meeting, of course, is open to the public; the Metro building is adjacent to Union Station.
Here’s the agenda, along with links to staff reports and motions related to the various items.
As Board meetings go, this one doesn’t appear to be action-packed. Most of the items are administrative in nature — there are no big-ticket project approvals as we’ve seen in prior months.
Thumbing through the agenda, four items stand out — the links below are to staff reports:
•The Board will vote on whether to make the following name changes to Metro rail and bus stations:
A. “Imperial/Wilmington/Rosa Parks” to “Willowbrook/Rosa Parks;”
B. “103rd Street/Kenneth Hahn” to “103rd St/Watts Towers/Kenneth Hahn;”
C. “Vermont Av/I-105″ to “Vermont Av/Athens;”
D. “Hawthorne Bl/I-105″ to “Hawthorne Bl/Lennox;”
E. “Venice/Robertson” to “Culver City;”and
F. “Artesia Transit Center” to “Harbor Gateway Transit Center.”
Here’s an earlier post about that issue.
Keep reading for more items and a map of potential bus rapid transit corridors in the county.
•The Board will vote on hiring a consultant to identify bus rapid transit corridors around Los Angeles County. This item is in response to an earlier motion by L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who is currently the Board Chair. The staff report includes the map below and mentions many corridors that could be candidates and recommends hiring a consultant to build upon an earlier study of bus routes in the county.
•The Board will be asked to consider a contract worth up to $57.5 million to extend the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department contract to patrol Metro trains, buses and stations.
•Four Board Members have submitted a motion asking that testing of locked gates be continued at busier rail stations, including 7th/Metro in downtown L.A. The idea is to generate more data about the type of fare media that Metro patrons are using, as well as better numbers on fare evasion and the types of Metro passes that customers have.
•The Board will consider a $37.3-million contract to CH2M Hill Inc. to prepare the environmental studies for the 710 gap project, which will consider a variety of alternatives for improving traffic in the 710 gap area between Alhambra and Pasadena.