December Metro Service Council meetings preview

Metro Service Council agendas are set for December, including one special meeting in a different location. Service Council meetings kick off today (Wednesday, December 4), in the San Fernando Valley at the Marvin BraudeCenter in Van Nuys.

The San Gabriel Valley Service Council will be conducting their December meeting at an alternate location – The Alhambra, located at 1000 South Freemont (northeast corner of Freemont and W Mission Rd) in Building A2, on the lower floor, room 2051. This meeting will include a special workshop to discuss options to improve service on Metro Line 485, which serves the communities of Alhambra, South Pasadena, Pasadena and Altadena. The Council is hoping the public will participate and share their ideas about improving service on the line. The meeting starts at5 pm, on Monday, December 9. Next month the San Gabriel Valley Service Council will return to their regular meeting location in El Monte.

All of the other Metro Service Councils will conduct their meetings on their regular schedules, as indicated below. Please note that some of the presentations listed below are tentative at the time of this posting. All meetings will include a report from Metro Service Council Director Jon Hillmer, who will provide statistics on October ridership, performance and other measures of Metro service. Other agenda items at Council meetings include:

San Fernando Valley (6:30 pm, Wednesday, 12/4)  – Presentation on proposed June 2014 service changes and approval of public hearing date, time and location; Discussion on the approval of rescheduling or cancellation of the Council’s January meeting (which is scheduled for January 1); Presentation on the New Bus Purchases Distribution Plan; Update on the Lassen Bridge closure.

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South Bay Service Council hosting special meeting Wednesday evening to discuss Metro bus lines 210 and 710

The Metro South Bay Council will host a special evening meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, February 27, at 6 pm to receive public input on Metro Lines 210 and 710 serving Crenshaw Blvd.

All of the Metro Service Councils have selected specific lines in their regions to develop ideas on how to improve Metro Bus on these corridors. The South Bay Service Council is asking the public to attend and share their suggestions about improving service on Lines 210 and 710 at tomorrow’s special meeting.

The meeting will be held at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, First Floor Community Room (between Sears and the LAPD Substation, by Stocker Street entrance), 3560 Martin Luther Kings Jr Blvd, in the City of Los Angeles. If you are not able to attend the meeting, but would like to submit recommendations about either or both of these routes to the Service Council, please send your comments to servicecouncils@metro.net.

For more information about this corridor study, and all of the corridor studies being conducted by Metro Service Councils, click here to read a previous posting on the subject.

Inglewood: public hearing on proposed Metro bus service changes

Helen Lundeberg's The History of Transportation, Inglewood (Photo Credit: Joel Epstein)

The Metro South Bay Cities Service Council held its monthly meeting Friday at Inglewood City Hall. The meeting also served as a public hearing on several proposed Metro bus service changes impacting the communities represented on the Council. The meeting included roughly two dozen Council members and Metro staff and a few members of the public.

Scott Greene, of Metro’s Service Planning and Scheduling Department, explained the proposed changes, including a proposal to swap the buses being run on Line 40 with the larger articulated buses currently running on the 710 and 740 Rapid routes. With ridership on Line 40 generally heavier than on the 710 and 740 Rapids, Metro reasons that using the larger capacity buses on Line 40 will accommodate more riders, particularly on Sunday when the 740 Rapid does not run.

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