UPDATE: The gavel has dropped on the meeting and it’s now underway.
This is a big meeting, folks, with tons of interestingness (relatively speaking) and a lot of important items. For those attending and media: might be a good idea to have a few Red Bulls along with your coffee for breakfast.
You can also view the agenda with hyperlinks on metro.net or view or download it as a pdf. The meeting is, as always, open to the public and begins at 9:30 a.m. at Metro headquarters adjacent to Los Angeles Union Station. To listen to the meeting on the phone, please call 213-922-6045.
Some of the more interesting items on the agenda:
•Item 76, asking the Board to set a public hearing on March 29 to review two fare restructuring proposals released by Metro staff on Friday. Important to note: THE BOARD IS ONLY CONSIDERING SETTING A PUBLIC HEARING; THEY ARE NOT VOTING ON THE FARE CHANGES. At this point, the Board is scheduled to vote on the changes at its meeting on May 22. Source post including charts and staff report.
•Item 15, asking the Board to narrow the list of options to four for the Airport Metro Connector, the project that seeks to connect Metro Rail to the airport terminals via a combination of light rail and people mover. A motion by Board Members Don Knabe and Mark Ridley-Thomas seeks to restore two options that Metro staff wanted to eliminate that would build light rail directly to the airport terminals. Staff report and earlier Source post with the four proposals favored by Metro staff and another Source post on the Knabe-Ridley-Thomas motion.
•Item 6, a motion by Board Members Paul Krekorian and Zev Yaroslavsky directing Metro to investigate adding gates or partial gates to the Orange Line to reduce fare evasion. Motion and Source post with staff report on two December crackdowns on fare evasion on the Orange Line.
•Item 67, asking the Board to approve the development of two options for ballot measures to take to voters in 2016 to accelerate existing Measure R projects — either an extension of Measure R or a new sales tax, which may also include new projects. Staff report and earlier Source post.
•Item 39, establishing a $33.4-million budget to refurbish Blue Line stations, including new canopies. Staff report.
•Item 53, a motion asking the Board to give Metro permission to seek a state bill that would allow the ExpressLanes program to continue. Here’s what you need to understand: the Board will not decide whether to continue the ExpressLanes on the 10 and 110 freeways until this spring. If they decide yes, Metro would need state legislation to continue the program — and now is the time to submit bills in the Legislature for consideration this year. Thus the reason the Board is considering this item now. Staff is also asking the Board for permission to seek legislation that would allow Metro to pursue other ExpressLanes programs. Important to note: outside of the potential congestion pricing lanes on the 5 freeway in the Santa Clarita Valley, nothing is on the table at this time. Staff report.
•Item 74, a complicated issue that asks the Board to consider how to fund a business loss mitigation program for businesses on Crenshaw Boulevard between 48th and 60th streets that may be impacted by the Crenshaw/LAX Line’s construction. Staff are asking the Board to seek non-Metro funds for the program. Staff report.
•Item 58, a motion by five Metro Board Members, directing Metro to conduct a study of how a countywide bike share program could be developed and implemented. Staff report.
•Item 44, increasing the budget of the Silver Line bus platform at Patsaouras Plaza from $16.8 million to $30.9 million. Staff report
•Item 75, receive an oral report from Metro staff on issues involving the lack of restroom facilities at the Orange Line’s Pierce College station and other Metro stations. Motion and earlier Source post
•Item 71, a motion by Board Members Ara Najarian and Zev Yaroslavsky directing Metro to work with UCLA and USC on commemorative TAP cards. Motion