Reminder: Upcoming Regional Connector Community Leadership Council meetings

Here is the meeting notice from Regional Connector staff:

Welcome to our September notice for the Regional Connector Community Leadership Council! As we move into Fall, please know that all of the committees intend to meet this month.

Regional Connector Community Leadership Council (Agenda Available)
September 10, 2013
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Metro Headquarters, Gateway Conference Room, 3rd Floor
One Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles

1st Street/Central Avenue Committee
September 11, 2013
4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Japanese American Cultural and Community Center
244 S San Pedro St, Los Angeles

Financial District/Flower Street Committee
September 17, 2013
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Central City Association
626 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles

2nd Place/Hope Street Committee
September 17, 2013
11:00 a.m. to Noon
Metro Headquarters, Heritage Conference Room, 13th Fl
One Gateway Plz, Los Angeles

2nd Street/Broadway Committee
September 18, 2013
6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Little Tokyo Public Library
203 S Los Angeles St, Los Angeles

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MISSION AND PURPOSE STATEMENT

The Regional Connector Community Leadership Council (RCCLC) is an advisory group formed by the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority (Metro) to provide sustained involvement by community representatives from all parts of the alignment area of the Regional Connector light rail transit line. The mission of the RCCLC is to foster, advance and promote community-based dialogue and information-sharing regarding the needs and preferences of stakeholders in the neighborhoods where the Regional Connector will be constructed and operated.

The purpose of the RCCLC is to provide community-based input to Metro, including feedback on the project’s design, construction, and safe operation. The group seeks to make decisions based on a results,-oriented, consensus-seeking and collaborative process. The involved representatives will serve both in an advisory capacity to Metro, and as liaisons to the wider group of project stakeholders.

Members of the RCCLC will advise Metro, partnering when needed to address specific actions identified in the Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Plan (MMRP), including providing input to Metro regarding the:

● Construction Mitigation and Outreach Plans

● Implementation plan for services to support businesses/organizations affected by construction

● Updates on construction progress, and upcoming transit, parking, or access changes

In addition, the RCCLC will assess and identify the Regional Connector project’s capacity to leverage public resources for neighborhood benefit, including community enhancements, and economic development along the Regional Connector corridor.

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3 replies

  1. Let’s be real. The Regional Connector is not really needed, it duplicates the Red Lines path between Seventh and Flower to Union Station. The real reason it is being pushed is the fact that there is no connection between the Gold Line Light Rail and Blue Line, Green Line, and Expo Lines. In addition Seventh and Flower station was not designed to handle two different Light Rail lines and currently is overcrowded. It’s all to apparent if the Expo Line becomes to popular there will be a complete breakdown in service unless the Connector is constructed to alleviate the problem created by a lack of proper planning by those who have no actual public transit experience. This was shown previously when the Blue Line stations had to be extended.Dont lie to the public, construct a alternate line thru the Red Line yard to Union Station either as an alternate route or just as a service track to inter-connect the light rail lines.

  2. You give all the reasons why the Connector is important after declaring it unneeded? I’m sorry but that seems a contradiction. The line adds mass transit stations in a key growing hub (Downtown Los Angeles) and will be a great boon to the light rail network. Service track? Alternate tracks? I am not even 100% sure what your solution entails. Non-passenger equipment moves? The Blue Line elevated stations were built for three car lengths but the surface ones initially were two lengths long due to financial constraints. Throwing around accusations like “no actual public transit experience” is rather immature. Metro’s employees are generally folks with in-depth transit industry experience.

  3. Mike Dunn,

    The Blue Line was originally planned to go to LAUS and later expanded to SGV. The Gold Line name was changed from the Blue Line to prevent confusion.

    The Blue Line was cut short by RTD when they saw there was not the funds to 7th & Flower.

    The Green Line that was to go to the Marina via LAX was cut. The Gold Line was cut, however, the state created the Blue (Gold) Line Construction Authority including a budget to build Phase I.

    Yes, with both Expo and Blue Lines terminating at 7th & Flower does create operational problems. The Downtown Connector will make riding Metro Rail more user friendly.