Actions taken today by the Metro Board of Directors

Updating as the meeting proceeds today, with most recent items at the top of the post. The agenda for the meeting is at the bottom of the post. 

•After two hours of discussion, the Board voted 7 to 4 to delay consideration of a new policing contract for the agency. Here’s a separate post all about that.

•The Board also approved a new “property naming policy” that governs how stations can be named after people and how stations may be sponsored by companies. Board Members Sheila Kuehl and Mike Bonin voted against. Staff report.

•The Board approved a motion by four Board Members — Mark Ridley-Thomas, Sheila Kuehl, John Fasana and Eric Garcetti — asking Metro to draw up a policy to decriminalize fare evasion for youths. Motion and here’s a recent story about the issue by KPCC.

•The Board approved a $178.4-million contract with China Railways to manufacture 64 new subway vehicles for the Red/Purple Line by a vote of 12 to 0. There is an option to buy another 218 subway cars. (staff report here)

The 64 new subway cars will replace 30 of the existing cars (the current subway fleet is 104 cars) and also support subway service expansion as the phases of the Purple Line open in the 2020s.

The initial 64 cars are scheduled for delivery by July 2021, according to the Metro staff report. Much of the work on the new cars will be done in the United States. From that report:

CRRC MA has proposed to perform carshell manufacturing at its Changchun, China facility with final assembly occurring in Springfield, MA. Final assembly for Metro railcars will occur at CRRC MA’s facility currently under construction in Springfield MA. The final assembly facility will consist of 40 acres which will include vehicle production facilities and a test track used to conduct routine and dynamic railcar testing. Construction on the facility is currently on schedule and is expected to be completed by Summer 2017.Major component manufacturing for the propulsion, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) No. 1.0.10 Revised 02-22-16 and lighting systems will be performed at a facility in Los Angeles as part of its Local Employment Program where CRRC MA intends to supply these systems to all of its North American customers, including Metro.

The contract award is subject to a protest, which is not unusual on these type of large contracts. I don’t have any officials renderings yet — but we’ll post them as soon as we get them in the coming weeks.

Back in September, the Board approved a $73-million contract and a $3.9-million contract to overhaul 74 of  the subway cars used on the Red/Purple Line. The subway cars are on average more than 17 years old with an average mileage of 1.3 million miles per vehicle (fun fact!).

•The Board also approved a move that will make more college students eligible for the heavily discounted U-Pass at schools that are part of the U-Pass program. Beginning with spring semester in 2017, students with six units at those schools will be eligible (down from eight hours) for the U-Pass. Metro staff will also create a discounted transitional pass for U-Pass participants for 12 months after they graduate college. Staff report here and here’s more info on the U-Pass program.

•The Board also took time to honor Supervisors Michael D. Antonovich and Don Knabe who are both leaving office due to term limits. Both have served on the Metro Board since the agency’s beginning in 1993 and were involved in the RTD before that. Here’s the video tribute by Metro staff that was shown at the meeting:

•The Board approved all items on the consent part of the agenda.

•Metro CEO Phil Washington said that the agency has been carefully tracking last week’s cyber-attack on San Francisco Muni’s computer systems. “We have safeguards in place aimed at protecting our computer systems from malware,” Washington said, adding that Metro continues to do more work to further protect its systems.

•Here’s a separate post about the Board approval today of the next phase of the parking fee program at some Metro Rail stations.

•And here’s a separate post about the Board approval today of the final study for the transit station that will connect Metro Rail to the future people mover that will take passengers to LAX terminals. With the studies complete, the project can move forward toward design and construction.

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The original post: 

The final meeting of 2016 of the Metro Board of Directors is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. today and it should be a doozy. The big item: the consideration of a contract that would split policing between the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, the Los Angeles Police Department and the Long Beach Police Department. The LASD currently has the contract and is fighting to keep it to themselves.

There are several other meaty items on the agenda, with the Board also considering a contract for 64 new subway cars (with options for more), the second phase of Metro’s pay parking program, the approval of the final environmental study for the Airport Metro Connector station that will serve as the transfer between Metro Rail and the future LAX people mover and a proposal to decriminalize youth fare evasion.

Or, as LAT transportation reporter Laura Nelson puts it:

You can also download a pdf of the agenda or view it here.

1 reply

  1. I’m glad to see you guys taking action to replace the existing subway vehicles. In the meantime, I look forward to the new subway cars in service and wish to have some improvement regarding the interior features. A digital display inside the train let riders get information as easy as possible, which included the route of the train as well as the following stations. The next thing is to increase the train’s doors from 6 to 8 each car, 4 per each side. The more train’s doors you get, the more accessible you have. In order to expand the capacity, I suggest using the open-gangway connector, which is similar to your light rail vehicles to allow passengers to move from one car to another. Once again, I highly recommend inserting these features into the new subway trains as well as those overhauled cars to enhance the subway service.