Metro Board adopts budget for 2013-14 fiscal year

Here's the news release from Metro — the big news is no fare increases and added service on the Orange Line, Expo Line and Gold Line:

The Metro Board of Directors today adopted a balanced $5.075 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2013-14 that begins on July 1, 2013.

The spending plan keeps fares at current levels, however, Metro CEO Art Leahy has urged Metro directors to begin discussing fare restructuring for future years. He notes Metro fares are among the lowest of any major transit agency in the world, and Metro riders only pay 26 percent of what it costs to operate their buses and trains.

In FY 14 more service will be added midday to relieve overcrowding on the Metro Orange Line busway in the San Fernando Valley. Additional late night service will be added on the Expo and Metro Gold Lines, and there also will be more weekend service on all Metro Rail lines.

Hundreds of new buses and rail cars are on order, and construction is underway for a new state-of-the-art bus maintenance facility in downtown Los Angeles. Augmenting these efforts, Metro will spend $261 million in the next fiscal year on deferred maintenance for bus and rail vehicles and facilities and another $37 million on capital improvements for safety and security including $20 million for gates and other safety enhancements on the Metro Blue Line.

The budget altogether includes $165 million for Safety and Security, a major focus of Los Angeles County Supervisor and Metro Board Chair Michael D. Antonovich. The sum includes paying for law enforcement on the Metro system in addition to capital improvements and various passenger safety and security measures. This will be a $13 million increase over the current fiscal year.

Gates in the subway and many of the light rail stations will be latched, a phased in approach that will start June 19 just before the start of the new fiscal year. Next year Metro also plans on unveiling a master plan for Union Station that will address how the historic facility will accommodate transit system expansion.u3

Fulfilling the voter mandate for Measure R that is greatly expanding transit options for Angelenos, in FY 14 Metro will advance design and early construction for the Purple Line subway extension, the Regional Connector rail line that will connect the Metro Gold, Blue and Expo lines to eliminate transfers, and the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor light rail line among other transit projects and programs. Construction is well underway for the Expo light rail segment from Culver City to Santa Monica and the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension from Pasadena to Azusa and will continue in FY 14.

Taking a multi-pronged approach to easing traffic in Los Angeles County, Metro will expand its highway program in FY 14, advancing more than a dozen small and large highway projects and managing the I-10 and 110 ExpressLanes congestion pricing demonstration project. The I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project should wrap up next year. Metro also will pursue new initiatives to promote bicycling.

Metro’s FY 14 budget is $500 million or 11 percent more than the agency’s current $4.575 billion budget. This reflects major rail and highway planning, design and construction in the next fiscal year as mandated by Measure R. In 2008 more than 2 million Los Angeles County voters approved the Measure R half cent sales tax to advance a dozen major transit projects and 15 highway projects. In the new fiscal year Metro will be spending $1.289 billion on Measure R transit projects and $141 million on Measure R highway projects.

There are risk factors for the newly adopted budget. Metro is not immune to the state and federal budget woes that could cut transportation funding. The economy is still shaky, and collective bargaining agreements with Metro unions are being negotiated.

Metro funding comes largely from local transportation sales tax revenue along with transit assistance and grants from the state and federal governments, farebox revenue, and other revenue sources such as advertising, land leases and commercial filming.

 

11 replies

  1. Good to hear about the expanded service for Expo and all rail lines. Just make it non-stop service Friday night through sunday Evening. then we won’t have to worry about checking to make sure the movie times, last call, etc. don’t leave us stranded somewhere.

  2. A “design” for a downtown bus station. Wow! I am COMPLETLY UNDERWHELMED! MILLIONS FOR LIGHT-RAIL, AND NOT ONE CENT TO IMPROVE BUS SERVICE!

    • Just to clarify, the press release doesn’t mention a bus station. It’s a bus maintenance facility, which is currently under construction. http://www.metro.net/projects/MUDBFP/ When completed it’s expected to service and support 200 buses that will be serving the downtown area.

      Anna Chen
      The Source, Writer

  3. @Atheistically Yours

    In FY 14 more service will be added midday to relieve overcrowding on the Metro Orange Line busway in the San Fernando Valley. ”

    = improved bus service

    • Which is fine if you ride the Orange Line regularly. I am in the SGV, which has not seen ANY of its bus lines increased in the last 4 years I have bern here!

  4. What about added service on bus lines like the Silver Line? How about possible new bus routes? Why was late night service not added for the Blue, Green or Red/Purple lines?

  5. @ Apathetically Yours: The 2013-14 budget includes a 33% increase in mid-day and evening service on the Orange Line, which can’t keep up with the crowds.

    Running a bunch of empty buses around during mid-day and in the evening seems to be your mantra. For every hour that a bus is on the street, cost about $135. Figure maybe 10 riders an hour collecting about the Metro average of $ .80 / rider = $8.00 / hour. That is a lot of money to run nearly empty.

  6. Will the $ for additional Expo Line service mean that 12-minute headways will be able to extend past 6:30pm, where they currently change to trains coming every 20 minutes?

    If you just miss your transfer to an Expo train at 7th/Metro at 6:30pm, the 20-minute wait can be pretty awful and I’ve noticed the trains getting more and more crowded at that time.

  7. Actually very excited about the gate latching. I feel it will increase the security of the stations. Have heard of several attempted robberies on Red Line platforms. Perhaps Metro might want to hire a some security guards for the busier stations?

  8. There needs to be more Silver Line service and more night service on the bus routes on the 15 minute map. Right now some of the routes, like the 76, go from 15 minute service during the day all the way down to 60 at 9 pm.

    Increasing rail headways to every 15 minutes from every 10 is fine. On Sunday-Thursday nights the Red Line has been running every 20 for the past few months anyway.