We have separates posts for the new policing contract approved by the Board and actions/news related to improving the Blue Line.
As for the rest of the meeting, the Board:
•Approved making all-door boarding on the Silver Line a permanent feature. Staff report. In addition, this item calls for planning to put all-door boarding on the 754 Rapid Bus on Vermont Avenue and planning to roll out all-door boarding eventually to a number of other bus lines. That should hopefully help buses get from A to B a little faster.
•Approved the official names for the three new stations being built as part of the Regional Connector project, a 1.9-mile rail tunnel that will link the Blue, Expo and Gold Lines in downtown Los Angeles. Staff report here. The stations are:
The names will be:
•Little Tokyo/Arts District, located between 1st, 2nd, Central and Alameda. It will be nice not having to cross Alameda or 1st to reach the station.
•Historic Broadway, located at 2nd and Broadway. It will be a one block walk of about .2 miles to get to Grand Central Market, which is also near the Pershing Square Red/Purple Line station. So if you think the line for Egg Slut is long now…
•Grand Av Arts/Bunker Hill, located at 2nd and Hope — on the backside of Disney Concert Hall and the Broad. The station will include elevators to bring people up to a walkway level with Grand Avenue.
And here are some fresh pics of the Grand Av Arts/Bunker Hill Station, including this one:
•The Board approved going ahead with the feasibility study and environmental clearance of a grade separation for a Crenshaw/LAX Line rail crossing at Centinela Avenue in Inglewood. Staff report.
This is an intriguing issue.
The original plans for the Crenshaw/LAX Line called for a street level crossing.
Since the Crenshaw/LAX Line was approved, a new NFL stadium for the Rams and Chargers in Inglewood has been approved and other development is underway in the area or planned. That is expected to increase the amount of traffic on Centinela.
With the Crenshaw/LAX Line projected to open in late 2019, Metro will study how to get tracks across the intersection while building a grade separation. The staff report mentions two possibilities: a temporary track around the construction site or a bus bridge between the Downtown Inglewood/La Brea Station and the Fairview Heights Station during the period of the construction of the grade separation.
The project is projected to cost $100 million to $150 million. Metro plans to also study a variety of non-federal funding sources as the Crenshaw/LAX Line is being locally funded, mostly through Measure R (the project did get a federally-backed loan).
•Approved development guidelines for a 1.56-acre site in Boyle Heights near the Gold Line. Staff report.
•Approved a motion to prioritize first mile/last mile improvements to the Norwalk Station serving the Green Line. Motion. The station is surrounded in part by the 105 and 605 freeways, as seen below:
•The Board decided to wait until March to consider approving an alternative for further environmental review as part of the Link Union Station project that will add run-through tracks so that commuter and Amtrak trains can enter and exit Union Station from both the north and south.
•Extended the negotiating and planning window with Trammel Crow and Greenland USA for 90 days for the North Hollywood Joint Development. Long story short: Metro owns four parcels totaling 15 acres adjacent to the Red Line and Orange Line stations in NoHo and is seeking to pick a developer to build on the site.
Trammel Crow and Greenland USA submitted two plans last summer — both would make big changes to the area, with new buildings and parking underground. Here are the development guidelines, which have some interestingness in them.