Preview of October Metro Service Council meetings

The San Fernando Valley Service Council leads off Halloween month (how did we get here so quickly?) with the first of our five monthly Service Council meetings beginning tonight. Fortunately, none of the meetings will be held on a Friday the 13th.

All Service Councils are scheduled to receive the monthly Director’s report, which provides statistics on ridership, performance and other measures of Metro service. Two of the Councils — San Fernando Valley and Westside/Central — will receive updates on the implementation plan for Line 788, a new express service scheduled to begin in December that will link the San Fernando Valley and the Westside using the Sepulveda Pass HOV lanes on the I-405.

For more information about each Service Council, click on the name of the Council to view their web page. Meeting topics for Service Council meetings this month also include:

San Fernando Valley (6:30 pm, Wednesday, 10/1) – Recognition of Dr. Richard Arvizu and Kymberleigh Richards for their service to the San Fernando Valley Service Council; Update on Line 788 Implementation.

Westside/Central (5 pm, Wednesday, 10/8) – Swearing in of Maria Sipin as a new Westside/Central Service Council member, Update on Line 788 Implementation, Election of 2015 Chair and Vice-Chair for Westside/Central Service Council.

Gateway Cities (2 pm, Thursday, 10/9) – Presentation on First – Last Mile Connectivity, Report on Eastside Transit Corridor Phase 2 public hearings.

South Bay (9:30 am, Friday, 10/10) – Recognition of Division 18 Bus Operators Gordon Green and Rickey Griffin; Presentation on Access Services.

San Gabriel Valley (5 pm, Monday, 10/13) – Presentation on Access Services; Report on Eastside Transit Corridor Phase 2 public hearings.

For a detailed listing of all Service Council meeting dates, times and locations, click here. As always, the public is encouraged to attend and share their comments with the Service Councils on improving bus service throughout LA County. If you would like to provide input to a Council but cannot attend a meeting, you can submit your comments in writing through the Service Council web page or send them to servicecouncils@metro.net. If your comments are for a specific Council, please make sure to indicate which one you are addressing in your e-mail.

Metro Service Council meetings for May begin Wednesday

This month’s slate of Service Council meetings kicks off tomorrow evening (Wednesday, May 7) in Van Nuys with the San Fernando Valley Council’s meeting. Please note that changes may be made to meeting agendas, including potential new topics, prior to meeting dates. For the latest Service Council meeting agendas check the agenda listings web page at metro.net.

All May Council meetings include a report from Metro Service Council Director Jon Hillmer, providing monthly and year-to-date statistics on ridership, performance and other measures of Metro service. Other topics for Service Council meetings this month include:

San Fernando Valley (6:30 pm, Wednesday, 5/7) – Update on the Bus Stop Usability Study; Update on Orange Line Fare Enforcement.

Gateway Cities (2 pm, Thursday, 5/8) – Update on Eastside Transit Corridor Phase 2 Project; Report on Electronic Messaging of Transit Information.

South Bay (9:30 am, Friday, 5/9) – Update on the Redondo Beach Station Refurbishment; Update on Bus Stop Changes associated with Crenshaw Rail Construction.

San Gabriel Valley (5 pm, Monday, 5/12) – Update on Eastside Transit Corridor Phase 2 Project; Report on El Monte Busway Construction Project.

Westside/Central (5 pm, Wednesday, 5/14) – Update on Bus Stop Changes associated with Crenshaw Rail Construction; Presentation on Metro’s Construction Notification Process.

For a listing of the dates, times and locations of all five Service Council meetings, click here. For more information about each service council, click on the name of the service council listed above.

All service councils welcome and encourage public participation. If you would like to comment at any of the meetings, please fill out a speaker card when you arrive, noting the specific item you are there to address.  General comments on issues that aren’t on the agenda are taken as a part of the “public comment” section of the agenda.

If you would like to provide input to a Council but cannot attend a meeting, you can submit your comments in writing through the Service Council web page or send them to servicecouncils@metro.net.  If your comments are for a specific council, please make sure to indicate which one you are addressing.

Preview of June Service Council meetings

As we roll into summer, agendas are set for our June Service Councils meetings. Please note that some of the presentations are tentative at the time of this posting.  One item on all of the Service Council agendas is the election of a chair and vice-chair for the next year (July 2013 – June 2014).

If you would like information about any of the five Metro Service Councils, you can click on the name of the Council listed after the jump to view their web page. All Service Council meetings include a report from Metro Service Council Director Jon Hillmer providing previous month’s statistics on ridership, performance and other measures of Metro service.

Meeting topics for June Service Council meetings include:

San Fernando Valley (6:30 pm, Wednesday,  6/5) Presentation on Orange Line Bike Capacity Shortage Study, from the CSUN Transportation Tiger Team;  recognition of service for departing San Fernando Service Council member Kathryn Engel .

San Gabriel Valley (5 pm, Monday,  6/10) –  Report on Line 485/258 Test Trip; presentation on June shakeup changes in the San Gabriel Valley region (no major changes scheduled system-wide); approval of a potential Line 485 regional meeting date and location. The Service Council Director will also provide a breakdown of complaints by line in the San Gabriel Valley service area

Westside/Central (5 pm, Wednesday,  6 /12)  –  Update on the Council’s Regional Corridor Study; presentation on Ciclavia’s June 23rd Iconic Wilshire Blvd. event; presentation on June shakeup changes in the Westside/Central region (no major changes scheduled system-wide)

Gateway Cities (2 pm, Thursday,  6/13) –  Report on Artesia Station construction completion; update on the Florence Avenue Corridor Study; Recognition of service for departing Gateway Cities Service Council members Josue Barrios and Sergio Infanzon; presentation on June shakeup changes in the Gateway Cities region (no major changes scheduled system-wide)

South Bay (9:30 am, Friday, 6/14) –  Update on Crenshaw Corridor Split Stops; Update on restoration of the Rosa Parks name to the Willowbrook Station; recognition of service for departing South Bay Service Council member Kim Turner; presentation on June shakeup changes in the South Bay region (no major changes scheduled system-wide)

For a detailed listing of all Council meeting dates, times and locations, click here. As always, the public is encouraged to attend and share their comments with the Service Councils on improving bus service throughout LA County. If you would like to provide input to a Council but cannot attend a meeting, you can submit your comments in writing through the Service Council web page or send them to service councils@metro.net. If your comments are for a specific Council, please make sure to indicate which one you are addressing in your message .

Upcoming meetings for Community Leadership Council for Regional Connector project

Metro’s Regional Connector project will connect Metro’s Blue, Expo, and Gold lines via a 1.9-mile extension of light rail tracks beneath downtown Los Angeles. Early pre-construction activities, such as utility relocations, are already underway and construction of the three new stations and track is expected to begin in late 2013/early 2014.

As part of the ongoing community engagement process, Metro has established the Regional Connector Community Leadership Council (RCCLC). The mission of the RCCLC is to foster, advance and promote community-based dialogue and information-sharing regarding the needs and preferences of stakeholders in the neighborhoods where the Regional Connector will be constructed and operated.

The RCCLC is comprised of a diverse group of stakeholders from along the alignment, with all meetings open to the public. In addition to monthly meetings of the full RCCLC, smaller Station and Area Committees meet on a regular basis to discuss issues specific to their geographical neighborhood.

To sign up to be notified of upcoming committee meetings and to receive the meeting agendas, please visit: http://tinyurl.com/rcclclist

The current upcoming RCCLC and Station/Area Committee Meetings are as follows:

Regional Connector Community Leadership Council: 
April 2 @ 1:30 p.m. (No March Meeting)
Metro Headquarters, One Gateway Plz, Los Angeles

Station/Area Committees:

2nd Street/Hope Place: March 12 @ 1 p.m.
Metro Headquarters, One Gateway Plz, Los Angeles

1st Street/Central Avenue: March 13 @ 4 p.m.
244 S San Pedro St, Los Angeles

Financial District: March 19 @ 9 a.m.
626 Wilshire Blvd Ste 200, Los Angeles

2nd Street/Broadway: April 10 @ 2 p.m.
To Be Determined

Please RSVP for the meetings you plan to attend as this assists the stakeholder-led committees in making logistical arrangements. These meetings do not typically consist of public presentations, but rather are working group-style committee meetings consisting mainly of stakeholder-led group discussions.

Looking ahead to March Service Council meetings

Metro’s round of monthly Service Council meetings will kick off this Wednesday night (March 6) with the San Fernando Valley meeting in Van Nuys. For the first time in several months, there will be no additional or date/time changes to any of the meetings since each Service Council has conducted their public outreach session to receive input on the corridor studies they are all conducting.
For information about the Council’s corridor studies, including details on the lines each Council is focusing on to improve service, click here to read a recent posting on The Source on the subject.

For a listing of all Council meeting dates, times and locations, click here.

As always, the public is encouraged to attend and share their comments with the Service Councils on improving bus servicethroughout LA County. If you would like to provide input to a Council but cannot attend a meeting, you can submit your comments in writing through the Service Council web page or send them to service councils@metro.net. If your comments are for a specific Council, please make sure to indicate which one you are addressing in your e-mail.

For more information about each Service Council, click on the name of the Council listed after the jump.

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Metro Board awards five-year advertising contract to CBS

The Metro Board of Directors voted seven to two Thursday morning to award a five-year advertising contract to CBS Outdoor Group. Under the terms of the deal, CBS Outdoor will pay Metro $110 million for the rights to sell advertising on Metro buses, trains and property for the next five years.

The contract was fiercely contested between CBS Outdoors and Titan Outdoor and the Board was unable to reach a decision earlier this fall. Titan offered $7.25 million more for the contract. But Metro staff had concerns about Titan’s ability to meet the terms of the contract and recommended CBS.

Here is the key page from the staff report:

Metro Board of Directors Staff Report

Metro Board of Directors meeting is underway

The Board met in closed session earlier this morning and the public portion of the meeting kicked off a few minutes ago. Here’s the agenda.

It will likely be a long meeting. Those who want to listen in — sorry, there’s no webstream — can do so by phoning 213-922-6045.

In his opening remarks, Metro Board Chair Mike Antonovich asked for a report from Metro staff next month on the reliability of the Silver Line, saying he has received some complaints from customers about waits at stations along the Harbor Freeway Transitway.