Preview of July Metro Service Councils meetings

Agendas are now posted for the first set of FY15 Service Council meetings, with some councils rotating their Chair and Vice Chair, and some swearing in new members. All Service Councils are scheduled to receive a report on Metro’s annual on-board customer survey. In addition, Service Councils will receive the monthly director’s report, which provides statistics on ridership, performance and other measures of Metro service.

For more information about each Service Council, click on the name of the council to view their web page. Agenda topics for Service Council meetings, in addition to the on-board customer survey presentation this month, include:

San Fernando Valley (6:30 pm, Wednesday, 7/2) Report on Lassen Street Bridge project; update on Universal Station Tunnel and Bridge project.

Westside/Central (5 pm, Wednesday, 7/9) – Update on new Flyaway service in the Westside region.

Gateway Cities (2 pm, Thursday, 7/10) – Swearing in of new Gateway Cities Service Council member Thomas Martin, Maywood City Councilman; report on Green Line gating and impacts; update on Blue Line refurbishment work in Long Beach; elect new Chair and Vice Chair for FY15.

South Bay (9:30 am, Friday, 7/11) – Swearing in of new South Bay Service Council member Angie Reyes English, Hawthorne City Councilwoman; recognition of customer and nominating operator for the 2014 Customer Appreciation program; report on Crenshaw/LAX bus-rail interface plan.

San Gabriel Valley(5 pm, Monday, 7/14) – Update on Gold Line Foothill Extension construction; recognition of customers and nominating Operators for the 2014 Customer Appreciation program; update on bus/rail interface with Gold Line Foothill Extension.

For a listing of all council meeting dates, times and locations, click here. As always, the public is encouraged to attend and share their comments with the Service Councils on improving bus service throughout LA County. If you would like to provide input to a council but cannot attend a meeting, you can submit your comments in writing through the Service Council web page or send them to servicecouncils@metro.net. If your comments are for a specific council, please make sure to indicate which one you are addressing in your e-mail.

6 replies

  1. Very interested to hear what the progress is on the Universal tunnel project and its counterpart at North Hollywood.

    The last I heard, Metro was planning to tunnel under Lankershim at North Hollywood but build a bridge over Lankershim at Universal. The continued presence of a construction wall where the knockout panels would be at the Universal station suggested to me that whoever reported that had their facts wrong, but I couldn’t find anything conclusive in the media reports.

    Also, I saw there’s a signboard up on the old Pacific Electric station in North Hollywood, so presumably that project is closer to being completed?

  2. Going to these meetings is a COMPLETE WASTE OF TIME! They decide NOTHING, and whatever is said by members of the public at them, is COMPLETELY IGNORED BY THE MTA BOARD! Things like INCREASING BUS SERVICE for example! Finding out why proposed bus line “improvements” are NEVER IMPLEMENTED-things that MIGHT ACTUALLY BENEFIT BUS RIDERS!

  3. I agree with atheisticallyyours that these meetings are just a complete waste of time and money. There has to be a cost involved to do these council meetings. How much does taxpayers end up paying everytime there’s a meeting like this?

    In this day and age, they should change these meetings into a webinar format. Much cheaper to do and you get a broader audience.

  4. The reason the service councils keep going, even after recentralization, is to hold public hearings on service changes. The politicians would rather delegate those tough decisions to others rather than sit around being bored on a Saturday morning. Nowadays, though, Metro is really working at the margins, having eliminated a lot of service after the Consent Decree expired in 2008. Some of the presentations are informative, but the PDFs provide most of the information.

    I’d like to see the money from the fare increase being used to maintain or expand service, particularly at night where service drops off a cliff. Even when the service changes are council generated, like Line 485 re-extension to Downtown Los Angeles, they never seem to get done.

    • That is because the MTA is ANTI-BUS RIDER! A federal court order is the ONLY THING that the MTA will react to, when it comes to improving, or extending bus service! The MTA would rather have “boondoggle” projects on things that DO NOT MOVE (like the Union Station Master Plan, the North Hollywood train station, and the Division 13 bus yard “expansion”!), then spend it on ANYTHING that might benefit bus riders! Even the boondoggle of the 6 year “Regional Connector” is what the MTA would rather waste money on then buses! “Logic” being-the non-U.S. citizens cannot vote, and the poor U.S. citizens DO NOT VOTE, so there is ZERO accountability! Clearly ANOTHER federal “consent decree” will be in order to get the bus lines improved! NOTHING ELSE WILL WORK!