Actions taken today by the Metro Board of Directors

Outgoing Metro CEO Art Leahy, center, was given both proclamations by the city of Los Angeles and Los Angeles County at today's meeting. It is Leahy's final Board meeting as Metro CEO; he takes over as Metrolink CEO in mid-April. Photo by Juan Ocampo for Metro.

Outgoing Metro CEO Art Leahy, center, with the Metro Board of Directors. Art was given both proclamations by the city of Los Angeles and Los Angeles County at today’s meeting. It was Art’s final Board meeting as Metro CEO; he takes over as Metrolink CEO in mid-April. Photo by Juan Ocampo for Metro.

•Item 17. The Board approved a motion by several Board Members (Don Knabe, Eric Garcetti, Jacquelyne Dupont-Walker, Mike Bonin, James Butts and Mark Ridley-Thomas) directing Metro staff to report back on a cost and schedule comparison of building a rail station at Aviation/96th as part of the Crenshaw/LAX Line versus building it after the Crenshaw/LAX Line opens.

The issue: the Aviation/96th Station will be the transfer point to an Automated People Mover to be built by LAX that will allow Crenshaw/LAX Line and Green Line passengers to reach the airport terminals. The station is not formally part of the Crenshaw/LAX Line since it was just approved by the Board last year with an environmental study now underway.

The concern among Board Members is that if the 96th Street Station is built after the Crenshaw/LAX Line is completed, it may cause some previous work to be redone in order to accommodate the new station. To put it in plain English, the Board is trying to determine whether it’s best to do the work now — with perhaps some delays to the Crenshaw/LAX Line construction schedule — or later at perhaps a far higher cost. Staff report on the issue

•Item 10. The Board approved spending $8 million in Measure R funds on three Metrolink projects, including grade safety improvements at Ramona Boulevard and Citrus Avenue on the San Bernardino Line and track improvements at Control Point Soledad on the Antelope Valley Line to improve speeds on an existing siding from 20 mph to 40 mph. Staff report

•Item 8. The Board approved a motion by several members (Eric Garcetti, Paul Krekorian, Ara Najarian, Hilda Solis) asking Metro to develop an “action plan” to improve ridership, which is up over the past five years but has declined since last April. The Board also approved an amendment by Michael D. Antonovich asking Metro staff to review and include suggestions from past motions asking for improvements to bus and rail service, transfers and schedules and customer safety and experience.

Here is a recent Metro staff presentation on ridership trends.

•Item 51. The Board approved a motion by several members (Eric Garcetti, Mark Ridley-Thomas, Sheila Kuehl, Hilda Solis, Mike Bonin and Jacquelyne Dupont-Walker) directing that Metro’s joint development policy be amended so that 35 percent of the units built on Metro-owned land qualify as “affordable” units. (Of the 2,077 units developed thus far, 33 percent qualify). The motion also asks Metro staff to report back on the feasibility of starting a $10 million affordable housing fund.

An amendment by Board Members Don Knabe and Diane DuBois directs staff to consider a number of sources for that funding, including non-operations funds.