The Metro Board of Directors — the agency’s ultimate deciders — met Thursday for their regular monthly meeting. A pdf of the agenda for downloading/printing can be found here. The recap of actions, posted above, will also be posted here soon as a pdf.
You can watch a webstream of the meeting here.
Among the items tackled by the Board:
•The Board received the presentation below (pdf here) on current Metro transit and freeeway capital projects:
•The Board approved an $140-million contract with Alstom to overhaul 52 P2000 light rail vehicles. The P2000s are used primarily on the Green Line along with some trains on the Blue and Expo lines. Staff report
•The Board approved easements with The Broad necessary for construction of the Regional Connector station at 2nd and Hope streets. This is an underground station and the idea is to use a set of elevators to bring transit patrons up to the level of Grand Avenue. Staff report with presentation seen below:
•The Board took a trio of actions concerning bus rapid transit projects. The Board received and filed an update on the technical study for the Vermont BRT project, approved advancing the North Hollywood-to-Pasadena BRT project into environmental review and okayed launching a technical study of a possible BRT project in the north San Fernando Valley. Staff report
As part of that item, the Board also adopted this motion to look at a subway as one project alternative on the Vermont BRT project, among other things:
MOTION BY GARCETTI, RIDLEY-THOMAS AND DUPONT-WALKER ON ITEM 9 that the MTA Board direct the CEO to: A. Proceed with the Vermont Bus Rapid Transit project as a near-term “Phase 1” transit improvement along the Vermont Avenue Corridor; B. Initiate the study of extending the Red Line along Vermont Avenue to 125th Street, specifically focusing on connecting the Wilshire/Vermont Red Line Station to the Expo/Vermont Expo Line Station as a “Section 1”; C. Include a heavy rail alternative in the Alternative Analysis and Environmental Studies for the Measure M Vermont Transit Corridor; and D. Report back on all the above to the Planning and Programming Committee during the July 2017 Board cycle.
•In an item carried over from last month, the Board approved going forward with a more intensive environmental study of alternative two for the project that would construct run-through tracks for Union Station to allow trains to enter the station from both the north and south — presently trains can only enter from the north.
The project would increase capacity for commuter rail and Amtrak and speed up the time it takes trains to enter and exit the station. Significant funding will need to be secured to build the project. Staff report and project presentation.
Funding will need to be secured for design and construction. Alternative 2 involves bringing high speed rail and West Santa Ana Branch into the platform part of Union Station. The Board also approved a motion to study a less expensive version of alternative 2 that would not include an expanded concourse under the tracks.
Significant funding — as in hundreds of millions of dollars — will need to be secured to build the project.
•The Board approved a $2.3-million, three-year contract with Estolano LeSar Perez Advisors to provide community rides and bicycle safety classes at no charge for county residents and anyone else interested. Staff report