It has been a long two months since the full Metro Board of Directors has gathered. But gather they will, beginning at 9 a.m. or shortly thereafter on Thursday at Metro HQ adjacent to Union Station in DTLA.
The agenda is above. If you would like to listen/watch online, click here.
It’s a pretty light agenda this month. It’s worth noting that this is the first meeting presided over by Metro Board Chair John Fasana, who also serves as a City Councilmember in Duarte.
Perhaps the most interesting item on the agenda involves the 501 Bus, i.e. the NoHo to Pasadena Express, which began running earlier this year as a six-month pilot program. The Board is set to consider extending the line for another six months.
Metro staff noted that ridership has been on the low side, especially on the weekends. From the Metro staff report:
Staff recommends that the weekend service be reduced from every 30 minutes to every 45 minutes and that the span of service be reduced to operate between 8am and 8pm. These actions would save 2,100 annual revenue bus hours. These savings could be reinvested into an expanded weekday peak period service. Presently Line 501 operates every 15 minutes during weekday peaks and every 30 minutes during weekday mid-day and weekends. Using the weekend service hours during the weekday peak periods would allow service to be operated every 12 minutes during heart of each peak period. This would make the service more attractive and easier to use during the highest ridership demand periods.
There is also a motion by Board Members Mike Antonovich and Ara Najarian asking the agency to study adding early or late night service and lowering the fare from the premium $2.50 (for freeway lines) to the regular $1.75, among other upgrades. See items 30 and 30.1 on the agenda.